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Hiring Events at YEC


YMCA Hiring Event

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The YMCA will be coming to the Youth Employment Centre on Friday, May 25th for a hiring event! They will be looking to hire Summer Day Camp Counsellors for all YMCA facilities across Calgary, Camp Counsellors for Camp Riveredge, and Lifeguards and Swim Instructors!

Youth ages 16-24 years old are eligible for this opportunity. All interviews will be scheduled in advance. In order to secure an interview, please drop by the Youth Employment Centre (2nd floor, 315 10th Ave S.E.) and get connected to one of our Employment Counsellors.


Starbucks Hiring Event

The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre has partnered with Starbucks in their Opportunity Youth Initiative for youth ages 16-24. The next hiring event will take place in June. To apply to the initiative:

  • Drop in to YEC and see one of our Employment Counsellors
  • Together we will craft a targeted resume and then assist in the application process
  • Once your application is submitted your name will be forwarded to the hiring manager at Starbucks
  • To further support you, we will set up a mock interview and go over any questions you may have

For more information on the Starbucks Opportunity Youth Initiative, click here.


4,600 Youth Attend the 20th Annual Youth Hiring Fair

The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre hosted its annual Youth Hiring Fair on Tuesday, April 3rd at the Big Four, Stampede Park. Over 80 employers from a variety of industries were in attendance to recruit for full-time, part-time and seasonal positions. Click here to see the 2018 list of employers.

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Discovering Your Opportunities


Discovering Your Opportunities is a four-week summer employment and life skills program for pregnant or parenting women ages 15-19. The program runs from July 2- 27 this year. Discovering Your Opportunities is a great opportunity for young women to achieve high school credits, earn some money, and gain valuable work experience.

Classroom topics include career planning, employer expectations, workplace safety, job search strategies, and some fun activities. With a focus on the work experience placement, participants are matched with a business and will work at that business part-time for the duration of the program. This gives many of the moms their first introduction to the working world, and they benefit through gaining experience and a reference that they can use in the future.

Discovering Your Opportunities is supported through a partnership between The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre, Calgary Board of Education Louise Dean School, Catholic Family Service and local employers.

The Youth Employment Centre is currently looking for employers to host a student in July. The students are paid by the program and we are looking for employers located downtown or close to West Hillhurst and Kensington. For more information or to register for the program contact Leita Blasetti at leita.blasetti@calgary.ca or (403) 268-3784.

For more information or to apply for the program contact Violet Rudy at violet.rudy@calgary.ca or 403-807-1462.


Info Events at YEC


There are no Info Events currently scheduled.


This Way Ahead


This Way Ahead launched in New York City in 2007 and has since expanded to 14 cities across North America. The program provides participants the opportunity to learn and master resume building, cover letter writing, interview skills and customer service training once a week for 10 weeks. Participants will then have the opportunity to interview for a paid in-store internship at a local GAP, Old Navy or Banana Republic. There is a strong possibility for ongoing part-time employment at the end of the internship.

A YEC employment counsellor is available to support the youth through the program, and continue to provide career and employment assistance after the internship.

Program Details:

  • Program participants must be between the ages of 16-24
  • Weekly workshops will be offered at the Youth Employment Centre (2nd floor 315 10th Ave S.E.) starting the week of April 9th for 10 weeks
  • Workshops will be offered Wednesdays from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Thursdays from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. and Fridays 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Youth can choose the day of the week that best suits their schedule
  • Youth successful in the interview for an internship with work 12 hours/week for 10 weeks, earning $13.60/hour starting in June
  • Strong possibility for ongoing part-time employment post-internship

Click here to watch the This Way Ahead Calgary information video.

Please note that application for This Way Ahead is now closed. We will be in touch with all applicants. Thank you for your interest in the program.

For more information on This Way Ahead Calgary, please contact Nancy Gibbons at 403-268-2406 or email nancy.gibbons@calgary.ca.


Employment Workshops


There are no in-house workshops currently scheduled. Please check back for future offerings.


External Events


Occasionally we list other job or education/training opportunities offered through partnerships we have with other organizations. Click here to check for External Events

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