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ANNUAL REPORT ANNUAL REPORT - Youth Services Bureau

ANNUAL REPORT ANNUAL REPORT - Youth Services Bureau

doubled from previous

doubled from previous years, suggesting a sector thatis continuing to undergo much change. Presentationsincluded the following groups: Ottawa Talent Initiative,World Skills, Carleton University, University of Ottawa,Canadian Career Academy, VPI Employment StrategiesSolution and Pinecrest-Queensway Community Centre.In addition to employment locations in Gloucester andKanata, there are available on-line quarterly labourmarket webcasts to inform clients.Orléans Employment Resource CentreThe Employment Resource Centre in Orléans openedits doors to the general public in the spring of 2006and has been the destination of choice for manyjob-seekers living in Ottawa’s East End. The Centrehas a fully-equipped reference library of careerand employment resources complemented by sixcomputers with high-speed Internet access. TheCentre also has a reading room for individuals tobrowse through one of the most extensive libraries ofinformation on apprenticeships and the trades.The job posting board is always full of employmentopportunities available to individuals seekingemployment in the East End as well as the restof Ottawa. New jobs are posted on a daily basis.The employment consultants on-site are alwaysavailable to assist whether individuals are looking forinformation on the local labour market, seeking inputinto the design of a resumé, or writing a covering letterfor a job application.Every month individuals using the centre havethe opportunity to provide feedback on the qualityof services received. Comments below reflectthe level of satisfaction experienced.“The employment staff are very helpful and Ileft feeling I had accomplished what I needed toaccomplish.”“This is all so overwhelming. Thank you for taking thetime to walk me through it.”“I had no idea this centre was here in Orléans. What agreat service!”“I am happy my friend referred me to this centre.”“I have already told many people of the greatexperience I had here. Expect more people to stop byfor employment help.”Youth Opportunities StrategyIn February 2007, the Ministry of Children and YouthServices announced that the Youth Services BureauYouth Employment Services Unit had been successfulin acquiring a new summer jobs program geared toprovide summer employment opportunities to 180youth aged 15 to 18 years. This program will be offeredto youth living in 11 Ottawa neighbourhoods.Premier Dalton McGuintyand the Minister of Childrenand Youth Services,Mary Ann Chambersand Madeleine Meilleur,Minister of Communityand Social Services andMinister Responsible forFrancophone Affairs, made theannouncement from the YouthServices Bureau’s Job Connectoffice on February 22, 2007.Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa - Annual Report 2006 / 2007 13

As part of the official announcement and to gatheryouth feedback on youth issues, a “town hall” forumwas organized for youth wishing to speak with thePremier, Minister Mary Ann Chambers and MinisterMadeleine Meilleur. A total of 44 youth participated inthe forum presenting their thoughts and opinions tothe Premier and Ministers. Minister Chambers initiatedthe discussion by asking, “What has worked well andwhat are some of your challenges?” Some of thecomments expressed were……“I am impressed by the Youth Services Bureau. Its YouthEngagement program is opening doors for youth.”“Job Connect is a great program. It should be advertisedon television for more youth exposure.”“Another Youth Services Bureau program that is helpfulto youth is the Hep C program. It provides knowledgeto youth about this issue as well as providing youthexposure.”The Numbers1. 56,453 unique sessions to the needajob.orgweb site2. 5342 visits to the Job Connect resourcecentre3. 4704 visits per month to the needajob.orgweb site4. 1979 visits were made to the OrléansResource Centre5. 1192 students in schools receivedinformation on employment services6. 885 individuals attended Work Place Ottawaemployment sessions7. 563 registered Job Connect clients8. 421 students found summer employmentthrough the Summer Jobs Service program9. 370 attended Information TechnologyOrientation work shops10. 131 employers provided summer workexperiences to students11. 47 high schools in Ottawa receivedemployment services presentations12. 36 employer job fairs were held (on-site andoff-site)The growth and success experienced by theEmployment Services unit during the past year canbe attributed to the professionalism and dedicationof a wonderful staff team. These individuals arecommitted, on a daily basis, to assisting our clients toachieve a better quality of life and to reach their careeraspirations.At the provincial level, Jeff Burry is the EasternOntario Director for the Ontario Association of YouthEmployment Centres (OAYEC). He has been servingas a board member and for the past two years hasserved as chair person for 15 Eastern Region members.Over the years, OAYEC has forged a close workingrelationship with the Ministry of Training, Collegesand Universities, and currently sits on the provincialadvisory forum which oversees policy decisionsrelating to youth programming and their employmentrequirements14Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa - Annual Report 2006 / 2007

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