Now in its fifth year, YouthConnect is a year-long, award-winning program that equips youth that face barriers to employment and employment service providers with the digital know-how to better access employment opportunities. In 2019/20 the program will have a new focus on the future of work, future-looking skills and online learning. New curriculum on financial literacy, building resiliency, gaining human-centered and digital literacy skills and continuous learning launched October 18th, 2019.
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- With nine interactive events since November 2014, YouthConnect has trained 840 youth workers have been trained who have the potential to reach 35,500 youth.
- Additionally, over 600 youth have attended YouthConnect events and over 100 employers have been trained on 21st century job-search skills.
- Over 80% of ESP’s who attended YouthConnect 2018 agreed that it was an excellent use of their time and would recommend it to fellow peers.
- Over 90% of Youth said they would recommended attending YouthConnect to peers and friends.
Today’s workforce demands more creativity, innovation and complex relationship building than ever before. We explored some of these topics in our SkillsConnect report. Here are six in-demand foundational skills employers are looking for in entry-level candidates:
Communication is a broad cluster of skills which includes body language, active listening, writing emails, asking questions, and general verbal and written skills.
Having a positive attitude towards constructive feedback and professional development demonstrates a growth mindset. Employers are looking for young people who show a desire to learn, willingness to be trained, and adapt to changing needs.
Being a strong team player means you are able to maintain positive relationships in the workplace. By contributing your ideas, listening actively, and solving problems with your co-workers, you can demonstrate strong collaboration skills.
Empathy is a very important leadership skill. Showing empathy means you are sympathetic and compassionate. It showcases humility, sensitivity, and cooperation.
Creativity is the act of bringing imaginative ideas to life. You’re a creative person if you draw connections between problems or questions from unrelated fields; look at a situation and find new ways of doing things; ask questions that are uncommon or challenge the status-quo; meet people with different ideas and perspectives; like to experiment and observe the results.
“65% of Hiring managers say strong communication skills are more important in entry-level applicants than their college majors.”
“Many organizations identify collaboration as the most important skill for success in the workplace”
Build Your Skills
Want to explore and develop in-demand skills? Try LinkedIn Learning!
LinkedIn Learning is an online learning platform where you can access 14,000+ expert-taught courses on a wide range of topics.
If you’re interested in getting a FREE one-year licence to LinkedIn Learning in October, 2019, have your local employment service provider or youth worker contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Showcase Your Skills
Have you had a great experience through your first job, playing sports or volunteering in your community? You can add it to your profile! Learn how to showcase all the skills you’ve gained from your different experiences to employers both online and in-person through an interview or a meeting. You can even add events where you learn specific skills like YouthConnect to your profile.
Looking for the presentation from YouthConnect2019? Access the slides here.
Get the low down on creating an online and in-person presence that screams “I’m the right hire!” with these resources from YouthConnect.
Wonder what it’s like to work for a big company? It’s hard to know the options and what skills employers are looking for. Below, join our youth host Fatema, as she takes a peak into two major corporations to better understand their expectations, career paths and workplace cultures.
Fatema takes a tour of Manulife’s offices in Toronto & Kitchener where she gets a chance to meet with employees Rob, Emma and Monique. She learns about their career journeys, and the skills and experience needed to work at a big corporate office such as Manulife. Check out career opportunities at Manulife here.
Fatema makes a trip to Markham where Jean-Marc gives her a tour of the IBM head office. She gets to speak with Michelle, Carmen and Faham about their careers at IBM. Take a look at employment opportunities at IBM’s new collar initiative.
Are you an ESP looking for resources?
Find the presentations and worksheets from previous YouthConnect events to help you and your youth learn more about career and skills exploration and using LinkedIn to find jobs and to connect with people and opportunities.
- ESP Guide to career exploration with your youth
- Finding People and Opportunities Online Video from YouthConnect
- YouthConnect Webinar: Helping Youth Crack the Digital Job Search
- YouthConnect Webinar: YouthConnect Webinar: Love at first sight – Building employer relationships
- LinkedIn Learning: A Quick Guide