New program to help newcomer youth get started

Credit to Author: Canadian Immigrant| Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2019 19:03:16 +0000

Start it Right! A new kind of youth employment program kickstarts careers for newcomer youth 

International students and young temporary residents are trying to build lives and careers in Canada. But when looking for career resources to help them succeed, they often come up empty. Not eligible for government job programs and services, these youth don’t get the help they need to prepare for a changing workforce. A new program — Start it Right! — launched by B.C.-based DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, aims to fill this gap, thanks to funding by RBC Foundation. The organization is a registered charity devoted to helping newcomers to Surrey, Delta, Langley and White Rock, BC.

Launched in September 2019, this employment program will provide free services to support temporary resident youth aged 15-29. The program offers job placement support, short-term training certifications, group workshops on employability and soft skills, and even online mentorship.

“Whether it’s retraining or starting fresh, it’s clear that the skills needed to excel in today’s workplace are changing,” said Stephen Pulham, Branch Manager, RBC, at the launch of the Program earlier this month. “That’s what RBC Future Launch is all about, and through our partnership with DIVERSEcity and the Start it Right! program, we hope to enable young people to identify, articulate and build their skills.”

“Many new Canadian youth are eager to build a life here in Canada, but they can’t always access government-funded career resources to help them,” said Garrison Duke, director, employment and language programs, at DIVERSEcity. “We saw this gap in our own services and, with RBC’s generous support, have created a unique program to bridge that gap and empower youth to succeed.”

The program has started intake so youth are invited to apply.  For more information or to register, click here.