Who We Are
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.
First Work is determined to:
First Work supports and advocates for a sustainable youth employment delivery network.
To see Ontario youth accessing and leveraging an agile and holistic employment network that assists them to reach their employment and life goals.
What We Do
First Work gives organizations and professionals access to services designed to support every perspective of government relations, regional needs, and local priorities. We provide tools and resources to help members save time and eliminate guesswork.
Workforce Development Innovations
First Work tackles complex youth employment-related challenges and finds new, innovative ways forward. Bringing together progressive talent who challenge each other to do better, we search and test new approaches for better outcomes.
First work creates partnerships and strategic alliances to leverage our ability to address employment challenges and increase our collective impact. We find partners who share our commitment to young people and their employment journey.
First Work provides learning and professional development opportunities tailored to youth engagement, workforce development and industry professionals. We host conference and educational events to strengthen the capacity of the sector.
First Work engages with Employers to provide sustainable youth employment by discovering career pathways, creating youth friendly workplaces, articulating skill requirements, and connecting youth to the local economy.