Connection 2 Employment recently held its closing ceremony at the East Prince Youth Development Centre (EPYDC) in Summerside.
Facilitator Colleen Snow used the following words to describe the 11 participants: “Brave, kind, caring, inclusive, positive attitude, team player, perseverance, punctual, and goal reacher.”
The program, in its third year, helps enhance participants’ life and employability skills so that they can make successful transitions into the labour force. The program offers nine weeks of paid classroom time and some paid work experience if required. Participants earn certifications in First Aid, WHMIS, Food Safety, and World Host customer service training.
EPYDC Executive Director Barb Broome says it’s an amazing program. “It’s great to see youth get the supports and the connections they need as they go through their employment journey. I am impressed with this group and they have taught us a lot.”
Comments from participants
Rylee Lynch of Miscouche, who has used the services offered by EPYDC to prepare for college, heard about Connection 2 Employment through her case worker.
“I am interested in the nursing field, so this program led me to volunteer at seniors’ homes, where I could see whether or not I wanted to pursue this career,” she says. “I am glad I got that experience, because I was offered a job at Andrews of Summerside. I will work there this summer and then take the Resident Care Worker program at Holland College this fall.”
Jonathan Rehberg, originally from Halifax, has been living on PEI for five years. “I was a client of Addiction Services, and my case worker recommended I go to EPYDC to develop my resumé,” he says. “Connection 2 Employment was a great help for me to transition back into the workforce. I secured a job as a tire technician. It’s great to know there is a high demand for these techs, and year-round employment is available.”
Other programs offered by EPYDC
- CAST focuses on tourism and customer-service jobs. There will be two intakes for participants ages 19 and over.
- SEAM is a summer program for high school students. This program offers community involvement and work experience. The goal of this program is to encourage participants to explore the possibility of post-secondary education.
- PROSPER WEST will be delivering two intakes this year, one in Summerside and one in West Prince. This program is for anyone ages 18 and over and helps low income/social assistance clients gain skills and employment in the Construction, Agriculture, Tourism, and Fish Processing sectors.
For more information about the East Prince Youth Development Centre, visit www.epydc.org.
Connection 2 Employment is funded in whole or in part through the Canada-PEI labour market agreements.