If you’re between the ages of 12 and 29 and in search of a summer employment, the Manitoba Youth Job Centre is here to help.
The centre officially opened for another season last Monday, and office manager Andrea Jackson invites youth to drop in and register.
“We’ll get a little bit more information about what they want to do in the summer, and then try and find employers for them,” Jackson said. “In the same breath, I’ve been going out and talking to different businesses in the community and trying to get them to get involved with us, see if they’ll post a student summer job with us instead.”
A student will be referred to the company, but the employer still has final say on whether to hire them.
“I’ll only refer students to them that are interested in that line of work and would have the qualifications that the employer would be looking for,” Jackson said.
MYJC is sponsored by Manitoba Healthy Living in partnership with Employment Manitoba. The centre will run clinics on writing resumes and cover letters, as well as preparing youth for job interviews.
For the first time, the Brandon MYJC will have the Odd Job Squad, which is specifically geared toward students between the ages and 12 and 16. The program provides supervised first-work and volunteer experiences.
“It’s getting students involved with odd jobs throughout the community,” Jackson said. Helping with a barbecue event, car washes or strawberry picking could be some of the casual jobs in the Odd Job Squad.
For those between 16 and 29, the agency focuses more on the job referral process.
Jackson says the work experience gained through summer employment is very beneficial for students.
“I really think that it’s so valuable to have this job experience and to be working in the summer, not only from the monetary perspective … but also just from a character perspective — learning hard work and being responsible for something,” Jackson said. “It’s really a point of pride for youth too that they can say there was a project that they worked on and that they really have done something valuable for their summers to show for themselves.”
Brandon’s MYJC is located at 340 Ninth St., Room 127. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 726-6908.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 12, 2012