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Opening Doors for Youth

Submitted by: Kootenay Employment Services – Fernie

Unemployment continues to plague our younger generation. The current spike in the youth jobless rate triggered by Covid-19, only compounded the existing challenges they experience in finding and keeping employment.  Youth in rural communities typically face higher employment barriers due to less opportunity and lack of resources.

Kootenay Employment Services is rolling out new youth programs offering skills training and experience more inline with the current labour market needs, opening greater opportunities to break into current high in-demand sectors.

Ignite is open to youth 16-30 years old in Fernie, Cranbrook, Invermere, Creston and surrounding areas.

This five-week program includes leadership training, mentorship, identifying and fostering strengths and exploring entrepreneurial opportunities for those interested in self-employment. Participants will attend online workshops, collaborate on projects, receive training and certification to bolster their qualifications. This is followed by a 12-week paid, employment opportunity.

Ignite starts November 23rd. Eligibility applies. For more information or to sign up here. This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS).