Employment Services

One way the YMCA of Southwestern Ontario helps to build strong communities is by creating opportunities for youth and people with disabilities. Our Employment Services support participants in breaking barriers to employment, through workshops, paid work placements, and training.

Y Works

Y Works (Windsor and London)

Skills building and employment supports for youth and young adults.
 
Y Works is an employment program that assists youth and young adults ages 15-30 to overcome barriers of employment. Our program delivers a range of activities that help youth overcome barriers to employment and develop a broad range of skills and knowledge in order to participate in the current and future labour market. Over a 5-week period we provide individual and group-based support that include employability skills building workshops. Upon completion, we connect participants with a paid job opportunity or with appropriate courses and training opportunities in a field of their choice. For those entering the workforce, an additional 12 weeks for tailored support are provided to both participants and their employer to promote long-term success. 
 
Requirements: 

Week 1-5 
Group and individual based employment preparation assistance for 32.5 hours per week, wherein participants will be paid an allowance equivalent to the minimum wage per hour. 

Week 6-17 
Paid job opportunity with tailored supports provided to both participants and employer; or assistance with enrollment into academic/training course(s).
 
Supports:

Transportation
Child care
Professional mental health support 
Allowance (equivalent to minimum wage during the in-class portion) 
Work-related material and supplies
Completion bonus
Employment and academic advice
Interview preparation 
Networking
On-the-job supports for participants and employers

 
Eligibility:

15-30 years old
Not currently enrolled in school
Legally entitled to work in Canada 
Able to commit 32.5 hours per week for the duration of the program  

If you are interested in this program, please provide us with your basic information. A program representative will contact you within 5 business days. 

Program information (Windsor) 

Roopa Tharuvai 
Y Works Windsor Employment Specialist 
519.258.9622 ext. 258
Email

Ray Kurniawan
Y Works Windsor Employment Specialist
519.258.9622 ext. 271
Email

 

Program information (London)

Gabriela McNaughton 
Y Works London Employment Specialist 
519.667.3300 ext. 2037 
Email

Irena Sompaseuth
Y Works London Employment Specialist 
519.667.330 ext. 2039
Email

 

Y Opportunities

Y Opportunities (Windsor)

Skills building and employment supports for people with disabilities.
 
Y Opportunities is an employment program that assists people with diagnosed or self-identified disabilities overcome their barriers to employment. Our supports are designed to help participants refine and discover new skills towards labour market integration or further education. Over 6 weeks, we provide individual and group supports that include needs assessments and employability and skills-building workshops. Upon completion, we connect participants with a paid job opportunity or with appropriate courses and training opportunities in a field of their choice. For those entering the workforce, an additional 12 weeks of tailored supports are provided to both participants and their employers to promote long term success.
 
Requirements:
Week 1 - 6: Group and individual employment preparation assistance, based on employability skills and self-directed goals
 
Weeks 7-  18: Paid job opportunity with tailored supports provided to both participant and employer OR assistance with enrollment into academic/training course(s)
 
Supports:

Transportation
Childcare
Employment and academic advice 
Interview preparation
Networking
On the job supports for participants and employers

 
Eligibility:

Not currently enrolled in school
Legally entitled to work in Canada
Not currently collecting Employment Insurance
Able to commit 30 hours per week for the duration of the program

If you are interested in this program, please provide us with your basic information. A program representative will contact you within 5 business days.

Program information (Windsor)
Heather Torti
Y Opportunities Windsor Program Coordinator
519.256.7330 ext 279 
Email