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ANNUAL REPORT ANNUAL REPORT - Youth Services Bureau

ANNUAL REPORT ANNUAL REPORT - Youth Services Bureau

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SERVICESentry “into the service” to the point where they wouldbe gainfully employed.The 2006/07 fiscal year for the employment unitwas an extremely busy year…….one that saw atremendous amount of growth, labour marketchanges and opportunities.Did you know? The Youth Services Bureau’sEmployment Services unit is the largest providerof career assessment and employment services toyouth in Eastern Ontario. Currently programmingfor community employment initiatives is providedacross the City of Ottawa to displaced, unemployedand under-employed youth in four primary Ottawacommunities - Orleans, Gloucester, Ottawa-south (twolocations) and Kanata.Two factors, the Echo” generation (children of babyboomers) now entering the labour force, and recentchanges in Ontario’s education system have resultedin an increase of youth looking for employmentopportunities. Youth aged 15 to 24 still have thehighest unemployment rate amongst eligible workingOntarians. Of particular note is the fact that youth arebecoming more selective in the types of jobs theyare willing to do while becoming more interestedin alternative career options such as the trades. Thismakes for a more challenging environment for careerand employment specialists and has contributedto the growth experienced within the EmploymentServices unit during the 2006/2007 fiscal year.To adequately serve the growing number of youthaccessing our Job Connect program, new expandedspace was acquired in Ottawa south across the streetfrom Billings Bridge Shopping Plaza, which wouldplace us closer to the growing youth population inthat community and would see us co-housed in thesame location as the Ministry of Training, Colleges andUniversities’ local apprenticeship office. This locationhas enabled us to better serve the youth in a muchlarger, open and user-friendly environment – one thatis easily accessible and more central.Community Info Fairs:With the addition of job development services theamount of employer interactions and communityinformation forums to the Job Connect programincreased significantly, both off-site as well as on-site.One of the employer activities that grew tremendouslythis past year was the coordination of job fairs. Whilein the past, Job Connect would offer one to two eventsper quarter directly to the employer, during this pastyear two to three such events were held each andevery month. These events were very successful forboth job seekers and employers, in some cases withemployment being offered “on the spot.” One of thelargest events was for a new Giant Tiger store openingin Orlean’s. Staff worked with the owner of the storeto coordinate a large-scale employment event. Morethan 600 people applied for the various employmentopportunities.Job Connect: www.needajob.orgOne of the most significant programming changesthat occurred in 2006 was the enhancing of the JobConnect program delivered to 16 to 24 year olds. In thespring of 2006 youth registered to receive Job Connectservices could qualify to also receive comprehensivejob development services. This new programmingenhancement would augment the existing career andemployment services very well and would furtherenable our staff to work with youth from the point ofYouth Services Bureau of Ottawa - Annual Report 2006 / 2007 11

To provide additional information to job seekers onlocal employment opportunities, monthly informationsessions were also being offered with a focus on thefollowing employers: Ontario Provincial Police, OttawaPolice Services, Public Service Commission, and theRCMP. Youth could also choose to participate inworkshops relating to working in the trades or startinga real estate career. All sessions could be booked onlineand were usually well attended.The official grand opening of the new Job Connectoffice was held October 19, 2006 and attractednumerous community partners, youth representatives,employers and government officials. A former clientof the program who has gone on to establish a verysuccessful graphic design business was commissionedto paint a wall mural in one of the meeting rooms.The mural was unveiled at the grand opening. Theevent was a huge success, thanks to the hard work anddedication of the Employment staff and was cappedoff by the official ribbon cutting ceremony and cuttingof the cake.Summer Jobs ProgramDuring the summer of 2006 Youth EmploymentServices’ Summer Jobs program found employmentopportunities for 421 Ottawa youth aged 15 to 24years. The program again attracted more than 100employers with over 40 employers being new to theprogram for 2006. Opportunities for youth rangedfrom working with landscaping companies, summercamps, parks and recreation to jobs in tourism,hospitality, Information Technology, trades andbusiness. The program is offered every summer fromApril to August and is now in its 10th successful year.Work Place Ottawa: www.workplaceottawa.comThis program for individuals in career transition isnow in its second year of operation, in two locations,Ottawa south and Orléans, (co-housed with theOrléans Employment Resource Centre). It offers aseries of workshops and information sessions toyouth aged 18 to 30 years seeking employmentopportunities in the Ottawa area. This client-focusedprogram provides individuals with the opportunityto “hand-pick” particular workshops that meet anindividual’s specific needs, fast-tracking them back intothe work force.During the past year more than 885 individuals haveparticipated in various work shops and informationsessions. Many requests to this client-focused programhave been received and over 70 presentations togroups of youth, students and career practitionershave been made to such organizations as Universityof Ottawa, Ottawa Talent Initiative, Algonquin College,Willis Business College, Ottawa Public Library, NorthernLights Vocational Services and Youth Zone Jeunesse.Information Technology Orientation:www.itoottawa.comThis three-day seminar continues to be a popularbriefing for individuals who have been displaced fromthe Information Technology (IT) sector or who intendto find employment within that sector. The seminarreviews current and future labour market trends thatare or will be impacting employment opportunitiesin Ottawa as well as globally.Individuals also learn of thenumerous restructuring initiativestaking place within the IT sector,and global off-shoring trendswithin the manufacturingsector, that will impact futureemployment opportunities.Dissecting job descriptions,developing IT-specific resumés andidentifying transferable skill setsto other employment sectors formjust a part of the core curriculumoffered to individuals.During this past year, the numberof requests for presentationson the Information TechnologyOrientation program and locallabour market projections have12Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa - Annual Report 2006 / 2007

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