It’s always good idea to start to build up your resume and work history when you’re young, even if you’re unsure of what you want to do as a career. Employment and Training’s youth employment programs are designed to offer you new experiences and find either part-time or full-time summer employment can help you reach your future career goals.
If you’re between the ages of 15 and 30, and are interested in getting a head start on your career path, Employment and Training’s Youth programs are for you!
Mentor a Student Intern Program
The objective of the program is to provide Students with a meaningful career related work experience, build networks for their future and gain practical experience. In addition to having an extra hand, Employers will have an opportunity to mentor and cultivate students’ new techniques and knowledge into the workplace.
The goal of Mentor a Student Intern program is to give students the practical work experience needed to be successful in obtaining employment after their post-secondary schooling. The program gives students the ability to develop relationships with employers and demonstrate their abilities.
Employers benefit from the Mentor a Student Intern program by receiving wage subsites for a talented student who can fill gaps, work on projects and/ or bring in new knowledge to the company / organization. Together, employers and students benefit from growing opportunities in workforce development.
Kahnawake Summer Student Employment Program (KSSEP)
The KSSEP program is the best 6 to 12 week investment you’ll ever make! With the application process starting in early spring, this program provides you with the opportunity to compete for some of the greatest summer jobs. Not only is there a wide range of jobs that are available every summer, but also it is very likely that there will be summer job opportunities that match perfectly with your chosen field of study.
Skills Link Program (SLP)
The Key Activities in the Skills Link Program are:
• Wage subsidies for work placements and mentorships for youth who are not in school to enable them to develop employability skills and support their educational and career development;
• Training experiences that support youth in acquiring skills needed for work placements.
Eligible participants are youth aged 15-30 who are out of school, unemployed or underemployed.
The goal is to help youth acquire skills by providing wage subsidies for a mentored work experience. Youth will be motivated and have a better career plan and they can attend training while employed
Heads Up Summer Program
Heads Up Summer Program targets youth ages 12-17. The primary objective of the program is to get youth to begin to think about career choices and to make wise education choices. It is offered at the end of June and is divided into two 4-week sessions and provides youth with activities and training to stimulate their awareness of career and employment possibilities and entrepreneurship.
The program offers the youth the chance to learn many life-skills and business skills during the first 2 weeks of the program as well as a newly added week focuses on career exploration including a 2 day employee for a day session. The fourth week these skills are put into action as a real life business will be operated. How well the students succeed at the business will depend on how well they apply the life-skills and business skills they learn during the first weeks of the program. Their reward is an equal share of the profits made from their business venture!
The program provides many fun activities, including day trips during the afternoons that will allow the youth to have fun and become familiar with one another. There will be visits to local businesses and organizations to get an idea of the possible careers in and around the community.
Kahnawake Youth Business Loan Fund (KYBF)
This fund is available to those who have successfully completed the 13-week Entrepreneurship Training Course, a viable business plan and a completed loan application. The fund supports the creation or expansion of viable Kahnawà:ke Aboriginal businesses and offers direct loans at a maximum of $15,000 for youth, ages 15 to 35. Interesting features of this fund are an 8.5% interest rate, interest-only payment option for the first year, and a 75/25% Forgiveness Benefit whereby 25% of the loan is forgiven once 75% is repaid in a timely manner. Cash equity is not required to access this fund.