CBC Radio ‘The House’ interviews YES President Timothy Lang on the effects of Covid on youth employment
YES President & CEO was featured on CBCs ‘The House’ with host Chris Hall to discuss the long term effects of covid-19 on youth employment.
From CBC: Youth unemployment double national rate
At 16.1 per cent in April, the youth unemployment rate in Canada is double the overall national rate, according to Statistics Canada data. That’s down from the 20.1 per cent rate for all of 2020 but still far higher than rates for any other full year of the past decade.
Timothy Lang, CEO of Youth Employment Services, told The House the real percentage of youth out of work is likely higher than that because some younger Canadians are not looking for work or are on the Canada Recovery Benefit.
“I suspect it’s still closer to 20 per cent, which can have a real damaging effect on youth, and there’s a scarring effect that can continue well into the future,” he said.
YES President and CEO, Timothy Lang, was interviewed in this CBC story: Students having trouble finding work during pandemic hoping for help in federal budget
With some saying that Covid-19 has accelerated the future labour market, providing training for our youth on these skills has become more important than ever. The pandemic has increased the need for youth to be resilient, demonstrate a growth mindset, and develop collaborative skills for working in virtual teams, among others.
As a response to this need, YES is pleased to launch the Future Skills 2.0 curriculum package designed to youth the best possible virtual learning experience, as well as provide them with skills that will give them a competitive edge in the current and post-COVID 19 job market.
The new Career Accelerator Future Skills 2.0 curriculum, made possible thanks to the generous support of HSBC Canada, is now available for download for free across the country through the Career Accelerator national knowledge transfer and training program. Each of the 8 modules includes a modifiable facilitator’s guide, participant workbook and PowerPoint presentation and can be downloaded here.
Read our #GivingTuesday stories about youth in your community who have achieved sustainable livelihoods after coming to YES.
Read below to see how your donation today could create a brighter future for a young person’s tomorrow!
At the time I came to YES, the pandemic had taken away many jobs, and without prior experience it was hard for me to find work. Because of my student debt, being without a steady income was not an option for me. YES taught me the necessary skills and resources needed to find stable work, even in today’s circumstances. YES helped me be in a position to pay back student loans and showed me the skills necessary for dealing with change, disruption and how to deal with high stress situations like a pandemic. Participating in the workshops gave me structure and taught me to be self-sufficient.
Thanks to YES, I am in a better place than before. I finished my program at YES with a job and I now have clear goals for the future! – Arsalaan*
Miriam** came to YES amidst a devastated job market, hoping to gain skills that would help her find employment:
I was desperately in need of employment and direction in my life. With the ongoing pandemic I felt discouraged with the limited job opportunities available, and was feeling overwhelmed and needed help. Fortunately, I found out about YES! I wanted to join YES’ program to connect with more people outside of my network, learn new skills, and to ultimately land a job.
YES greatly improved my situation and confidence. It was great learning skills through different platforms including Google Classroom, Zoom chats, videos and PowerPoint that were both very informational and interesting. I also got the chance to learn about budgeting, investing and new financial terms.
Doing interview preparation with professionals in the workforce was very enjoyable, it gave me more confidence on the best way to frame my answers. The guest speakers provided eye opening tips and advice on how to improve and what employers are generally looking for in the candidates that they hire. Equipped with these new skill sets and an increased self-esteem, I ended up nailing my interview and was hired as a camp counsellor in Toronto. I am so grateful to YES for all the lessons that I can carry forward as I enter the workforce!
I remember thinking I did not have a chance of getting into the YES 2 TECH cloud training program without technical experience, and so my action plan was to be completely and wholeheartedly honest on my application. When I was accepted into the program, I felt like I was being accepted as my true individual self.
Because of YES, I am inspired to continue improving my self-confidence. A barrier I have had to face is my mental disability. Some days I feel stuck in a mould, that was not designed to be any different.
Every day, I dare myself to be different. To believe in a new beginning. To be confident. Because something that YES inspired in me, is hope. From the technical instruction, to the continuing job development, I am inspired, thanks to YES. – Oriana
Youth Employment Services YES is a not-for-profit receiving a 4 star rating, the highest possible, on Charity Intelligence. We rely on support from donors like you to achieve our mission and to help Toronto youth, like Arsalaan, Miriam and Oriana succeed. This Giving Tuesday we are asking for your donation, so that we can help support youth as they face one of the greatest economic disruptions in their lifetime, and fight to achieve sustainable livelihoods in the city we call home.
*Please note that youth in photos are not the youth featured in the stories for privacy concerns
**Name has been changed for privacy concerns
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Amid the urgent call for Canadian youth to have professional skills for taking tech jobs that are among the most in demand in a COVID/post COVID world, YES partners with SAS Institute, a global leader in analytics software, to provide free learning pathways for young people to gain accreditations in SAS.
Through innovative software and services, SAS empowers and inspires companies around the world to transform data into intelligence. It was used by 92 of the top 100 companies on the 2018 Fortune 1000 and an increasing number of companies are now looking for individuals with SAS skills and experience, thus having SAS accreditations will be a valuable asset for young job seekers.
SAS has partnered with colleges and universities across Canada to integrate analytics into their curriculums. YES is delighted to be SAS’ first charitable partner to facilitate access to SAS’ free software. We look forward to working closely with SAS to empower youth to earn recognition for their knowledge, enhance their credibility as SAS professionals, expand networking opportunities, and increase their value to potential employers. For more information please contact Su Kularatnam, Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
YES President & CEO, Timothy Lang, was featured on CTV Ottawa to discuss tips and ideas for youth to leverage in their job search during the pandemic. Top of the list was to leverage free resources to help train, upskill and find employment from providers like YES.