Youth Employment & Skills Strategy

The Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) Project is designed to help Indigenous youth, visible minority youth and youth with disability (ages 15 to 30) who are no longer at school or are new graduate, looking to navigate the labour market and to successfully transition into meaningful, gainful, and sustained employment. This is attained
by supporting the needs of all youth in the above-mentioned population segments, as it relates to developing knowledge and networks through education, skills development, and meaningful work experiences.

CVE Inc. provides access to Accredited Skills Training, Employment Services, Employment Skills Training and Quality Employment Opportunity interventions to assist the youth of our communities, giving them the opportunity be successful in a competitive marketplace.


Accredited Skills Training will enable youth to participate in courses that fill specific, identified gaps in their education and skill development, taking into consideration labour market needs. A variety of courses will be available through accredited institutes in Ottawa, ON including but not limited to:

  • Office Clerk
  • Basic Bookkeeping
  • Payroll Officer
  • Computer Training

Following completion of the training, the youth will have the opportunity to participate in the subsidized Quality Employment Opportunity, which involves a 12-week work experience for an average of 30 hours per week with an employer secured by CVE Inc.

employment services & training

Employment Services are short-term activitiesdesigned to assist youth in searching for and obtaining work. Youth are given an opportunity to acquire information and skills, and to apply these skills within a supported environment.

Pre-employment activities offer additional development before advancing to a 12-week Quality Employment Opportunity.

Activities will include:

  • Job Search Techniques
  • Job Application Process
  • Resume and Cover Letter
  • Preparations
  • Mock Interviews
  • Motivational Coaching

Participants that qualify will be paid at the Ontario minimum wage rate for an average of 30 hours per week for up to 3-weeks.

employment services & training

The participants will spend up to 30 hours per week over a 3-week period in pre-employment activities to allow for additional development before advancing to the Quality Employment Opportunity.

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in workshops to learn or enhance skills transferable to the workplace, such as:

  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • People Management Skills
  • Communication Skills

Other workshops such as Health and Safety, First Aid, Smart Serve, WHMIS, Food Safety etc. will be offered during this time.


The subsidized Quality Employment Opportunity will be with an employer in a field related to the Accredited Skills Training completed by a participant or in a field of interest to the youth who participated in Employment Skills Training and Employment Services. The participant will be paid at the Ontario minimum wage rate for an average of 30 hours per week over a period of 12 weeks.

Participants will be offered travel assistance, dependent care support and emergency funding as required and at the discretion of CVE Inc.

The participants may be eligible for a bonus (maximum of $500) based on successful completion of a 12-week work experience (consecutively with the same employer) and at the discretion of CVE Inc.