The Way Forward: Youth Employment and Skills Strategy
The Way Forward program provides off-reserve Indigenous youth between the ages of 15-30 years 12 weeks of paid in-class learning activities and 12 weeks of on-the-job training.
The first 12 weeks, participants will have the opportunity to explore their personal strengths, develop life-skills, teamwork, effective communication, budgeting, and personal learning styles that can applied to everyday life.
Participants will also learn to develop effective resume writing, job searching, and
interviewing skills. Group sessions include presentations from people in various careers to educate the group on why they chose their career, pros and cons to their career, and education/experience needed to acquire their position.
Participants are also provided the opportunity to research careers of interest
to them and contact these business/organizations to do an informational interview with their human resources to better understand what the job entails and what qualifications/education would be required to apply for a position of interest.
The second 12 weeks, participants are provided the opportunity to gain valuable personal and employability skills through on-the-job-training. Participants either become full-time employees after the 12 weeks or gain a better understanding of what education is required to obtain full-time employment and apply to NCPEI to further their educational training.