Employment

1) Didn’t finish high school and looking for a job but can’t find one?

There are a few things out there that can help you find that job.

Employment Programs

There are employment programs out there for you that can help you out! Here are the programs that you can take advantage of:

Linkages:

Linkages is a 26 week program that will allow you to obtain career-related work experience. You participate in regular career planning workshops that can help you build your skills. To be eligible you must be:

  • 18-29 years of age
  • Have limited work experience
  • Have not made a long term attachment to the workforce
  • Minimum of grade 10
  • Non post secondary completion
  • Non E.I. eligible

Linkages is offered at the following agencies:

1) Youth Employment Services, Humber Community YMCA - Lower Level of the Millbrook Mall, 2 Herald Avenue, Corner Brook, NL

  • Contact: Bobbi-Jo Patey at 639-1812 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

2) Employment Preparation Centre10 Main Street, Suite 101, Corner Brook, NL A2H 1B8

  • Contact: Sharon Fiefield at 639-1966 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Visit their website: www.employmentpreparationcentre.com

3) Canadian Paraplegic Association 1 Lester Avenue, Corner Brook, NL A2H

  • Contact: Lisa Park at 634-9909 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it OR Judy Bolt at 634-9909 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Visit their website: http://www.canparaplegic.org/en/Contact_CPA_NL_168.html

Skills Link:

The Skills Link program provides funding for organizations to help youth facing barriers to employment develop the broad range of skills, knowledge, and work experience needed to participate and succeed in the job market. Skills Link was developed to assist youth in various circumstances, including those who are single parents, are of Aboriginal descent, have disabilities, are recent immigrants, live in rural and remote areas, or have not completed high school.

Through Skills Link, youth benefit from a client-centred approach and ongoing support, which helps them complete activities successfully and, ultimately, find and keep a job. In turn, employers may receive financial assistance to cover costs associated with providing employment services and individualized, integrated support to youth.

To qualify for Skills Link, participants must be:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive)
  • In need of assistance to overcome barriers to employment
  • Out of school
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or people who have refugee status
  • Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations
  • Not in receipt of Employment Insurance benefits.

Contribution recipients can be businesses, organizations (such as not-for-profit, professional, or labour organizations, or employers), institutions (public health or educational), band/tribal councils, Aboriginal organizations, or municipal governments. For more information and to learn how to apply, interested businesses and organizations should:

Description taken from Sevice Canada’s website: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/sc/youth/skillslink.shtml

Wage Subsidy:

Wage Subsidies is a client-based program intended to assist certain unemployed individuals to obtain employment by providing employers with financial assistance towards their wages. Wage Subsidies may also be used to assist unemployed individuals registered as an apprentice who are experiencing difficulties finding employment related to their apprenticeship.

Am I Eligible?

You are eligible if you are an unemployed individual:

  • Who has a current EI claim
  • Whose EI benefit period ended within the last three (3) years
  • Who has established a benefit period within the past five (5) years prior to the date of requesting assistance, was paid parental or maternity benefits, and are re-entering the labour force after having left it in order to care for a newborn or newly adopted child.
  • Other criteria may apply.

How do I Apply?

To get started on your application for a Wage Subsidy, contact Youth Employment Services at 639-1812. They will get you started on the process of finding employment!

Description taken from Human Resources, Labour and Employment’s website: http://www.hrle.gov.nl.ca/hrle/lmda/wage_subsidies.html

Job Creation Partnerships (JCP):

Job Creation Partnerships support projects that provide eligible individuals with work experience.

Am I Eligible?

You are eligible if you are an unemployed individual:

  • Who has a current EI claim
  • Whose EI benefit period ended within the last three (3) years
  • Who has established a benefit period within the past five (5) years prior to the date of requesting assistance, was paid parental or maternity benefits, and are re-entering the labour force after having left it in order to care for a newborn or newly adopted child
  • Other criteria may apply.

How do I Apply?

To get started on your application for a Job Creation Partnership, contact Youth Employment Services at 639-1812. They will get you started on the process of finding employment!

Description taken from Human Resources, Labour and Employment’s website: http://www.hrle.gov.nl.ca/hrle/lmda/jcp.html

Graduate Employment Program:

The Graduate Employment Program is designed to assist recent post-secondary graduates secure valuable work experience in their field of study. Eligible graduates can use this wage subsidy program to market themselves to employers. A 60% wage subsidy, pro-rated over 52 weeks, is provided to a maximum of $12,500 towards the starting salary of the approved position and a $500 one-time payment to the employer to assist with the training costs for the new graduate based on the provision of a training plan. Approval of applications will be considered only when applications for both the graduate and the employer have been matched.

Am I Eligible?

The Graduate Employment Program serves students who:

  • Have successfully completed a post-secondary program (minimum duration of one academic year)
  • Are currently unemployed or under-employed (working less than 20 hours per week or working in an area not related to their field of study)
  • Graduated within the past two years
  • Are not an immediate family member of the employer.

** Preference will be given to non-EI eligible graduates (non-EI eligible being defined as individuals currently not receiving EI benefits and having not received EI benefits within the last three years; or having not received EI maternity or parental benefits within the last five years)**

How do I Apply?

Applications may be obtained from any office of the Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment or the department’s website. Applications can be initiated by either the graduate or the employer. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis; however, approvals are subject to the availability of funds.

Description taken from Human Resources, Labour and Employment’s website: http://www.hrle.gov.nl.ca/hrle/students/graduate.html

2) Need a cover letter and a resume but don’t have a clue on how to do it?

Check out Youth Employment Services at the Humber Community YMCA or the Employment Preparation Centre. They can help you create a great cover letter and resume that highlights your best skills and qualities. The Employment Preparation Centre also offers a Job Search Seminar which focuses on creating high impact resumes. The great thing about all of this: it’s free!!

To set up an appointment call Youth Employment Services at 639-1812 or the Employment Preparation Centre at 639-1966.

3) Don’t know how to job search?  Or if you land a job interview, you have no idea what to say or do?

Don’t worry …. Visit Youth Employment Services at the Humber Community YMCA or the Employment Preparation Centre. They can show you the tricks of the trade in looking for a job. Or set up an appointment to go over the basics of performing well in a job interview.

Contact information:
Youth Employment Services at 639-1812 or the Employment Preparation Centre at 639-1966


Income Support

Are you unemployed, not in school and worried about how you are going to pay the bills at the end of the month? Did you know that you could apply for Income Support through Human Resources, Labour and Employment?

Income Support Benefits include basic and non-basic financial support to help with expenses such as food, clothing, personal care and rent. You may also qualify for the Newfoundland and Labrador Prescription Drug Program which provides financial assistance for purchasing eligible prescription drugs (i.e. antibiotics).

To qualify for income support a person must:

  • Be 18 years of age
  • Be a resident of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Submit an application for benefits
  • Be determined eligible according to a financial assessment

For more information and to apply, click here: http://www.hrle.gov.nl.ca/hrle/income-support/default.html

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