Theory of Change – 5 Pillars

Career & Employment

career employment

  • There is compelling evidence supporting the benefits of real-world experiences for increasing student engagement and helping make school more relevant to their lives.
  • Research supports the positive impact of 
    • placements 
    • career exploration events
    • community service for academic achievement and student engagement
    • when these experiences are closely connected with curricular objectives

Check out this detailed list of programs and services offered by our partner organizations that support Prince Edward County Youth and/or families in the area of Career & Employment. This list is not exhaustive. Looking for a specific service? Check out 211.

Visit our About page for links to our partners’ websites.

Program Name
Audience
Description
Service Provider
Employment Counselling Ages 15+ Work with individuals 15+ who are not enrolled in full time education; free one-on-one assistance with achieving career and/or training goals. Able to assist with resume/cover letter writing, interview skills, referrals to programs such as Second Career, access to training supports where eligible, etc. Career Edge
Resource & Information Centre All ages Available to individuals of all ages; free access to computers with high speed internet, photocopier, fax machine, job boards, labour market information, career assessment tools, etc. Career Edge
Workshops All ages Available to individuals of all ages; free access to computers with high speed internet, photocopier, fax machine, job boards, labour market information, career assessment tools, etc. Career Edge
Job Developing All ages Free access to Job Matching, Placement and Incentives through the Job Developer. Available to individuals of all ages. Assistance with matching individuals with local employers and potential for employer incentives. Assistance to employers for hiring, succession planning, interviewing, Health and Safety awareness, etc. Career Edge
Youth Job Connection Summer Ages 15-18 A free Spring/Summer program that offers 20 hours of paid workshops, access to Job Matching, Placement and Incentives through the Job Developer. Assistance with matching individuals with local employers and potential for employer incentives. Assistance to employers for hiring, succession planning, interviewing, Health and Safety awareness, etc. Employment starts at the end of the school year. Career Edge
Youth Job Connection Ages 15-29 Free access to Job Matching, Placement and Incentives through the Job Developer. Available to individuals of all ages. Assistance with matching individuals with local employers and potential for employer incentives. Assistance to employers for hiring, succession planning, interviewing, Health and Safety awareness, etc. Career Edge
Youth Job Link Ages 15-29 Offers youth aged 15-29 access to summer and part-time employment. Career Edge
Helping Employers Acquire Talent (H.E.A.T.) (This is a pilot SkillsAdvance Ontario program) Ages 18+ Work with individuals 18 years of age or older. Provides 2 weeks of pre employment training with a focus on Hospitality and Tourism, 2 week paid placement in that sector and on going job coaching support Career Edge, Prince Edward Learning Centre
Careers in Healthcare Grades 9-11 Bi-annual one day event – Grades 9 – 11 – introduction to the broad range of careers in the healthcare field – displays, hands-on, one-on-one with professionals and employers, includes resource materials on educational requirements and career paths – partnership with Quinte Healthcare Corporation, medical associations, employers, local school boards Center for Workforce Development
Summer Skills Camp Grades 7-8 Week long summer camp (July) – Grades 7 & 8 youth introduced to post secondary programs and skill trades careers through hands on projects with professionals/mentors – focus on S.T.E.M. – in partnership with Skills Ontario, Loyalist College and local school boards Center for Workforce Development
PEC Job Fair Residents of PEC Annual event that connects youth (job seekers) with local employers with employment opportunities (summer, part time and full time) – partnership with Career Edge, Prince Edward Learning Centre, County of Prince Edward, Community Living PE and Prince Edward Social Services Center for Workforce Development
Careers in Construction Grades 10-11 An informative event geared at local highschool students who are interested in a career in the construction industry. The day will consist of interactive displays for students to participate in along with an engaging activity for the students to complete. Partnership with thw Quinte Home Builder's Association, ALDCSB, H&PEDSB, LDSB, independent schools in our area. Center for Workforce Development
Career Exploration Grades 9-12 (younger grades by request) Career exploration presentations to parents and students. Center for Workforce Development
What's Next Grades 9-12 Students, from 8 high schools, who are not considering post secondary education, were brought together with community and businesses to prepare them for transitioning directly to the world of work. This day includes a keynote speaker, workshops and an employer panel. Partners: HPEDSB Center for Workforce Development
Provincial SPA Conference Grades 9-12 Skilled esthetics trades – students obtain hands on experience with lead esthetic organization and gained a good understanding of the esthetics trades industry and new Red Seal programs Center for Workforce Development
Skills Ontario-Provincial Competition Grades 9-12 Support Hastings Prince Edward District School Board students to attend this completion. Students that participate have the opportunity to move on Canadian Nationals and if they win there, the World Nationals. Number of students attending will vary depending on Regional completion placement. Up to 12 students could be participating. Center for Workforce Development
Quinte Regional Science & Technology Fair Grades 4-12 A partnership with QRSTF which offers students in grades 4 to 12 the opportunity to create original scientific research or innovative projects which are then displayed at various levels of competition. Students have an opportunity to win awards at the varying levels. ECOTB sponsors the event as well as provides two technology innovation awards, one for elementary and one for high school levels. Center for Workforce Development
Literacy and Basic Skills Ages 18+ Upgrading literacy and essential skills for youth 18+, or younger with a rationale. Assistance with completing high school, preparing for college, apprenticeship, more independent living, or employment. Prince Edward Learning Centre
Community Connect Available to all participants at PELC Case management for youth at risk of not completing high school outside the traditional system. Prince Edward Learning Centre
INSPIRE Age 15-30 to meet basic eligibility The INSPIRE program at Prince Edward Learning Centre in Picton is a youth employment and education program that focuses on assisting youth to find meaningful work in their community. Our 22 week program connects youth facing barriers to employment with employers in Prince Edward County. Youth participants begin with 2 weeks of in class pre-employment training followed by a 20 week job placement. Youth participants are paid $14/hour for up to 37.5 hours per week. Prince Edward Learning Centre
Respite Services Support families to access respite options, recruit workers, apply for funding and develop an individual plan. Community Living Prince Edward
Youth in Transition Assist youth and their families with the transition from school to community. Focus on leisure, friendships, community participation, employment and life management systems. Community Living Prince Edward
YES (Youth Entrepreneur Success) Program Ages 12-18 Participants develop job skills and connect with mentors from the local business community. The program includes hands-on activities, a speaker series & site visits to local businesses. The four key program themes are Digital Innovation, Agribusiness, Trades & Machining & Hospitality. ROC & PEC Youth Centre
PEC Youth Centre Drop-in Ages 12-18 Mentorship, Homework Help, Workshops, Skills Development Programs, Post-Secondary Support, Resume writing, Interview and Employment support, Computer Stations, Cooking, Baking, Creative Arts, Music, Drama, Ping Pong, Fooseball, Pool Table, Board Games, and more! Supports youth in making positive connections with peers and adult mentors. ROC & PEC Youth Centre
Leadership Development Ages 12-18 Youth are supported in leadership positions and training opportunities. Teens participate in local networks and attend symposiums & conferences. Youth develop and deliver presentations to share youth perspectives on community issues (Recent public examples include: “Mental Health Yours and Mine” and the #GreenTeens initiative). ROC & PEC Youth Centre
Case Management Ages 12-19 Accept up to 50 new youth per year in 3 communities. Complete an intake package with youth and families, identify strengths and needs, develop a client centered plan. Provide supports and services based on the plan. Quantum
Wrap Around Initiative Ages 12-19 Provide wrap around supports and services to Youth based on the needs identified and level of risk. Provide one on one educational supports, and also advocating for youth educationally.
Work with parents and connect them to the services they need.
Quantum
Career Planning and Job Placement/Employment Ages 12-19 Work with youth to prepare them for employment based on their needs. Help with resumes and practice job interviews with students. Arrange monthly presentation of employment services to present/work with youth. Quantum
Dual Credit Program Ministry-approved program that allow students, while they are still in secondary school, to take college or apprenticeship courses that count towards both the Ontario Secondary school diploma (OSSD) and a post-secondary certificate, diploma, or degree, or an apprenticeship certification.
Program goals: Introduce students to a variety of career options within various sectors; Help students in making appropriate career choices before they enter post-secondary studies; Assist secondary students in the completion of their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD); Help successful transitioning to college and apprenticeship programs
Loyalist College
Student for a Day Provides high school students the opportunity to visit and tour the Loyalist campus, and to experience the programs in session on a first-hand basis. Loyalist College
General Arts and Science-Workplace (GASW) This two-semester program offers math,
science, business, and communications enrichment, as well as various vocational elective courses. It allows students to broaden their knowledge while developing different career-specific skills in topics ranging from Carpentry and Renovation and Mechanical Techniques to Journalism and Esthetics and Spa Management. Graduates have the option of continuing their studies in a diploma or advanced diploma program, or entering the workforce directly with this post-secondary credential. Ideal for high school and mature students who have or will earn an Ontario Secondary School diploma with workplace preparation credits.
Loyalist College
Career and College Prep (CPRP) Whether your goals are achieving employment, a College education or an apprenticeship – we can help you get there. You can improve on your English and Math skills, earn required English or Math credits, or achieve your Grade 12 equivalency Loyalist College
Co-op with a Purpose Co-op with a purpose model working with school and employers to ensure students are graduating with paid employment, and are graduating with co-op credits. Unique planning with teachers and employers to ensure students are learning in a way that is meaningful for them. People feel heard, validated and succeed. Community Living Prince Edward
Wrap Around Support Work with people with intellectual disabilities seeking ways to increase knowledge with ongoing education, skill development, resource with employment agencies and learning centers, provide job coaching, work life balance programs. Work with families, employers and person to ensure wrap around support. Community Living Prince Edward
Community Integration Through Co-operative Education (CICE) The Community Integration Through Co-operative Education (CICE) program is designed for students with intellectual disabilities and other significant learning challenges interested in pursuing post-secondary education and experiencing College life. Through modified programming and field placement opportunities, this pathway program will help you develop skills that will prepare you to transition to volunteer or paid employment. Loyalist College

“family

Family, Caregivers & Peers

Youth feel connected to their families, caregivers and peers

well being

Well-being

Youth are physically, emotionally and mentally well

empowerment

Empowerment

Youth feel valued in their community and have a voice

education support

Education Support

Youth are engaged in their education and learning

 

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