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The Pathways to Job Readiness Program builds on the tradition of the CNE as a provider of employment opportunities for generations of young people. Each season, more than 5,000 jobs are created by the CNEA and its partners to put on the annual event.

Today more than ever, finding employment can be a real challenge for many young people. As part of our commitment to community, we invested time and resources to understand the underlying issues and barriers around youth employment. The development of the Pathways to Job Readiness Program is an outcome of our work and learnings. Through this program, we aim to build the capacity of young Canadians working collaboratively with community agencies who have set a standard of excellence and inspiring practices around youth employment.

In the summer of 2019, we piloted a project to help youth prepare to make that first big step into the world of work. With our agency partners, we sought out to impact youth in the development of skills, confidence and job readiness. After completing the week-long, fully-paid training program, called the FUNdamentals of Work, youth will be transitioned to summer employment at the CNE with wraparound supports. Ongoing mentoring events, workshops and career development will be offered throughout the year to close out the circle of support.

Our goal is to help young people write their story of work, one of purpose and financial security, while building their capacity so they can see their future success.

We gratefully acknowledge our agency partners and the support by the City of Toronto, Partnerships to Advance Youth Employment (PAYE), Youth Employment Partners (YEP), and the RBC Foundation’s Future Launch Program, Helping to Prepare Youth for the Future of Work.

Click here to learn more about the CNEF Pathways to Job Readiness Program and how your gift can help us find real-world solutions to barriers impacting youth employment.

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