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Opportunities for Youth

Did you know that we offer several programs to help young people find work? In fact, we guarantee a job interview within 4 weeks of starting one of the youth-centric Employment Ontario programs offered at the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre. Make sure you are working this summer! Now is the time to take advantage … Continue reading

Reinventing Home

Soaring real estate prices and a precarious work reality for young people is changing the way that some families are choosing to live. The Toronto Star recently released an article about a family of four who has chosen to re-invent their home to adapt to changing living conditions. Recognizing that it would be impossible for … Continue reading

We Are Hiring In Oshawa!

The Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre’s OSHAWA location is hiring three summer students! The following positions are available for 30 hours/week: Resource Coordinator Job Development Client Data Base Coordinator Youth Resource Coordinator To learn about the requirements and skills needed for these positions and how to apply, click here.   Read Employment E-News – May … Continue reading

Financial Skills for Youth

A plan to teach students how to handle money has been launched by the Province of Ontario. Pilot projects in 28 high schools will revamp the Grade 10 Careers Course to make Financial Literacy part of the curriculum. The pilot program will impact approximately 700 students and will run until June 2017. Student and teacher … Continue reading

Millennial Challenges

Millennials are dealing with significant challenges in the new economy. Youth, aged 15 – 24, are facing unemployment rates of more than 12%, almost twice the unemployment rate of the general population. Of those who are employed, more than 25% are underemployed. Although enrollment in Canadian universities has more than doubled since 1980, millennials are … Continue reading

Student Career Strategies

A new report from People for Education indicates that students in Ontario are not benefiting as they could be from Ontario’s Careers Strategy that was initiated in 2013. The report praises the program but states that it falls short in implementation due to a shortage of Guidance Counsellors. Helping students understand their interests will be … Continue reading

Unemployed Youth?

Youth can gain mentorship, support, education, skills and guaranteed job opportunities by participating in free youth employment programs. A participant of Youth Job Connection stated that the program “helped form a routine and to get used to starting a work day.” Other participants have expressed gratitude for the opportunity to connect to a source of … Continue reading

Changes to OSAP Funding

Changes have been made to the OSAP program – if you are a new or mature student, you could qualify for free tuition. You can get grants and loans to help you pay for university or college when you qualify for OSAP. Learn about OSAP. Find out how to apply. Can I get OSAP? Find … Continue reading

Youth, Get Paid to Participate

Get paid while you get the work experience and skills that you need to gain employment! Time and again, young people let us know that the programs offered through the Help Centre have helped them gain a sense of purpose. One of the many positive comments from Youth Job Connection participants included: “This program gives … Continue reading

DREN’s Disability Summit

Durham Region Employment Network (DREN) brought together over 100 community members to co-create a Community Roadmap to Employment for Youth with Barriers to Employment. Durham Region employment service providers, community agencies, educators, employers, persons with disabilities, municipalities, funding organizations, parents and politicians all contributed to the creation of the Roadmap. The Durham Region Unemployed Help … Continue reading