Skills and job training for young people
Learn about the Youth Skills Connections Program, which helps young people aged 15–29 build the skills today’s employers are looking for and get real work experience.
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How it works
Through Youth Skills Connections you‘ll get:
- hands-on training with a local business, college and university or not-for-profit business development organizations, including industry associations
- in-demand skills that will make you more employable in key sectors of Ontario’s economy
- a chance for long-term employment with the organization training you
- real work experience and connections that will make it easier for you to find employment
Who is eligible
You can apply if you’re:
- between the ages of 15 and 29 as of your enrollment in the program
- a resident of Ontario, and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
Age requirements for some training programs supported by the Youth Skills Connections program may differ due to the individual requirements of the program.
Some programs may only be available for youth between the ages 18 to 29.
Please check with the participating organization to learn more about the entry requirements.
If you are on social assistance (Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program) you can still apply to the Youth Skills Connections program. Payments from the program may be exempt as income and assets under social assistance, so your monthly social assistance payment may not be affected. Call your local Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program office for more information.
How to apply
You need to apply directly to an organization offering the Youth Skills Connections program. The list of organizations offering Youth Skills Connections will be updated regularly from now to 2017.
You can set up an appointment to discuss the application process or get more information by contacting the participating organization nearest you.
|Organization||Office location - street name||City||Province||Postal code||Phone||Website||Project name|
|Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters||620-55 Standish Court||Mississauga||Ontario||L5R 4B2||905-672-3466 ext. 3266||omlc.ca||CNC Machinist Program|
|Canadian Skills Training and Employment Coalition||800-234 Eglinton Avenue East||Toronto||Ontario||M4P 1K7||416 480 email@example.com||cstec.ca||Training Consortia|
|Canadian Tooling & Machining Association||3-140 McGovern Drive||Cambridge||Ontario||N3H 4R7firstname.lastname@example.org||ctma.com||Introductory Trades Training|
|Ontario Aerospace Council||1701 Aberfoyle Court||Pickering||Ontario||L1V 4W4email@example.com||theoac.ca||Aerospace Assembly-Installation Operators Selection & Learning|
|George Brown College||264B Adelaide Street East||Toronto||Ontario||M5A 1N1||416-415-5000 ext. firstname.lastname@example.org||georgebrown.ca||Fashion Exchange GBC|
|NPower Canada||350 Victoria Street||Toronto||Ontario||M5B 2K3email@example.com||npower.org||Advancing Youth Employment Strategies in the IT sector|
|Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT)||1545 Maley Drive||Sudbury||ON||P3A 4R7firstname.lastname@example.org||norcat.org||Surface and Underground Miner Skills Training and Development|
|Centennial College||75 Ashtonbee Rd||Toronto||Ontario||M1L 4N4||416-289-5000 ext. email@example.com||centennialcollege.ca||Structural (aircraft) Assembly Training Program|
|Progress Career Planning Institute||1200 Markham Road, Suite 400||Toronto||Ontario||M1H 3C3firstname.lastname@example.org||pcpi.ca||Youth Employment Skills in IT (YIT)|
|Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization||100 College Street, Suite 213||Toronto||Ontario||M5G 1L5||416-848-6839 ext. email@example.com||obio.ca||Health to Business Bridge (H2BB)|