Youth Work Experience Program (YWEP)

Program Overview

The Youth Work Experience Program is a wage subsidy program payable to the client by partner at 24 to 40 hours per week. In some cases, the hourly wage may be increased and is contingent upon the employer and NPAAMB established partnership.

  • The typical work experience for youth not in school is 26-weeks and cannot exceed 52-weeks.
  • The typical wage for work experience participants is the current Ontario general minimum wage ($14.00 as of January 2018).
  • Youth work experience may result in an offer of employment from the employer.
  • Each participant is expected to meet their Youth Service Officer at least twice (up to a maximum of six times) during each work placement to ensure a positive relationship between the employer and client.

The Youth Work Experience Program is a wage subsidy program payable to the client by partner at 24 to 40 hours per week. In some cases, the hourly wage may be increased and is contingent upon the employer and NPAAMB established partnership.
The typical work experience for youth not in school is 26-weeks and cannot exceed 52-weeks.
The typical wage for work experience participants is the current Ontario general minimum wage ($14.00 as of January 2018).
Youth work experience may result in an offer of employment from the employer.
Each participant is expected to meet their Youth Service Officer at least twice (up to a maximum of six times) during each work placement to ensure a positive relationship between the employer and client.

Eligibility

  1. To meet minimum NPAAMB eligibility requirements you must be:
    1. A registered NPAAMB client (if you are not, contact your local YSO to schedule an intake appointment).
    2. Reside within one of the following catchment areas: Kitchener-Waterloo, Brantford, Hamilton, St. Catharines, or Fort Erie and Niagara Falls (proof of residency may be required).
    3. Self-identify as an Aboriginal person (status/non-status First Nation, Inuit, or Metis).
    4. 15 to 30 years of age at the time of intake/selection.
    5. A desire to learn, participate, and accomplish personal career goals.
  2. Out of school, unemployed, or underemployed.
  3. If a previous NPAAMB client, must demonstrate successful completion of prior interventions.
  4. The placement must align closely with identified career goals as defined in client action plan.
  5. Has been funded for not more than two training or skills development contracts within the last three years by NPAAMB and/or total funding of $30.000 (inclusive of all NPAAMB programs)
  6. Maximum of two YWE placement per client in a five-year period.

Program Partners

This program is proudly sponsored by the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario

Government of Canada Province of Ontario

 

 

 

 

This program has worked with the following employers:

Wilfred Laurier University

Conestoga College

Brock University

Anishnabeg Outreach

Salvation Army

Hamilton Regional Indian Centre

Niagara Native Centre

Link Line

Cdn Babbit Bearings

Cambridge Pro Fab

UA67 Union

Habitat for Humanity – St. Catharines and Hamilton

Mystic Mojo

KW Native Migwam

Hamilton Native Women’s Centre

Aboriginal Health Centre

Urban Native Housing

Under the Rainbow Childcare Centre

Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre

Cardinal Kia

Drainage Investment Group

Niagara College

Victim Services of Brant

Woodland Culture Centre

Six Nations Public Works

Indspire

John Noble Home

Niwasa Head Start

KW Working Centre for the Unemployed

GardaWorld

Quantum Murray

White Owl

Ganawageh Native Homes

Old Bank Bistro

Boys and Girls Club of Niagara

University of Waterloo

Friends of Fort Erie Creek

Port Cares

Healing of the Seven Generations

Brantford Native Housing

Tigercat Industries

Niagara Chapter of Native Women

Start Me Up Niagara

Mott Manufacturing

Program Details

Starts October 30, 2018
Duration Maximum of 52-weeks
Program Supports

Job start supports could include:

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) up to a maximum of $600.00
  • Uniforms up to a maximum of $200.00
  • Temporary transportation costs up to a maximum of 1 month and $250.00

Employment retention supports could include:

  • Childcare. A childcare income and needs assessment form must be completed and approved to consider for financial support. As a result of this assessment, the amount and length of financial support will be determined.
  • Other ETS’s could include: training costs as part of the YWE placement such as: DZ license or upgrade, First Aid and/or CPR training, forklift certification, computer software, etc. up to a maximum of $1500.00.
  • Certification required from employer must be from a reputable training institution such as WHMIS.

NPAAMB encouraged employers to maintain full-time employment for the trainee upon the completion of the work experience program.

How to Apply

To register, please contact your regional Youth Service Officer for an application package. Please note that NPAAMB requires all applicants to submit a program application with a written proposal prior to being considered for labour market program funding. The Youth Service Officer’s will assist clients with the completion of some components of the application.

Proposal Requirements

  1. Project and objectives – Completed by Youth Service Officer
  2. Proposed activities and timelines
  3. Targeted participants: Identify qualities that make this individual a suitable candidate.
  4. Targeted outcome and benefits to urban Aboriginal community and youth – Completed by the employer.
  5. Means of measuring success – completed by Youth Service Officer.
  6. Commitment letter: Identifying how this position can lead to permanent employment for this client.
  7. Completed NPAAMB registration form, completed action plan, updated resume and cover letter and copies of certificates of training.

Make sure you include all supporting documents as outlined above. Failure to provide supporting documents will delay application process. Please allow a minimum of two weeks for review and approval process. Applicants will be contacted by their Youth Service Officer.

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