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We are Ontario’s Youth Employment Network – committed to delivering accessible, high quality, outcomes-based employment services to young people seeking opportunities.

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What’s New

  • November 19, 2019 – Project Integrate: Exploring Future Employment Pathways – Employer Consultations
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  • April 2nd, 2019 – The Future Skills Centre is investing $2.5M in a two-year project led by OTEC, MaRS Discovery District, and First Work.
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Projects

Project Integrate

In a project aimed at improving career pathways for marginalized and vulnerable youth, a coalition of partners that includes First Work, OTEC, MaRS Data Catalyst Centre and the Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity, began working with Canada’s Future Skills Centre – Centre des Compétences futures (FSC-CCF) to test an innovative, evidence-based, approach to skills development for the new economy. The initiative, known as Project Integrate, is testing the potential impact and feasibility of a single technology-enabled employment and training pathway for youth.

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New Horizons Better Together Project

We are looking for youth (18-29) and seniors (50+) who can take some time out to be a part of our focus groups. The focus group is specifically for those groups that share the same labour pool filling jobs.

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What We Do?

Community Insights Advancing Youth Employment.

First work is a leading membership organization bringing together the best providers of youth programming and employment services, business and industry leadership, academia, and government in developing solutions for youth employment. Our direct engagement with youth ensures our services are relevant, culturally appropriate, and timely. Our membership community helps to shape our work and place us in a position where we bridge the gap between young people and employment opportunities.

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Events

Initiatives of First Work

Amplify

Amplify is Ontario’s premier gathering of those challenging, disrupting, driving and shaping workforce development across the Province.

April 6, 2020 – The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto

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Futures

Canada’s largest annual professional development conference for youth employment practitioners.

October 27-29, 2020 ~ Blue Mountain Conference Centre, Collingwood

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Youth Aspire

Career support, career information and career exploration opportunities to youth.

May, June and July 2020

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Join us in delivering accessible, high quality, outcomes-based employment services to young people seeking opportunities.

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