Partnership to Advance Youth Employment (PAYE)

PAYE Success at the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

Gareh's PAYE Success Story

Through the City's Partnership to Advance Youth Employment (PAYE), Gareh was connected with the SEEDS initiative as part of the Toronto Pan Am/Parapan Am Games (TO2015). He was hired as a Workforce Training & Scheduling Coordinator for TO2015 and had the opportunity to share his PAYE success story at the TO2015 SEEDS launch event.

"We now live in a world where many of my peers are struggling to find work. My lack of professional success thus far can’t be blamed on a lack of education, marks or laziness; the system is actually broken.

The PAYE program truly stands in the gap by connecting ambitious youth with practical and concrete opportunities to grow their career. Through PAYE I was able to be successfully recruited into the SEEDS program of the TO 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Am Organizing Committee.

The experience thus far has been very beneficial to my professional development and growth. It’s nice to have a job that builds your resume, but to find a career that builds your character and your career is another thing entirely.

I sought, asked and knocked for opportunities but it was PAYE who opened their doors. My experience with PAYE has been a blessing and a life changer."

The Partnership with SEEDS

Over the past five months, staff from Toronto Employment and Social Services (TESS) and Social Development Finance and Administration (SDF&A) have worked with the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities and 30+ Employment Ontario agencies to connect youth with summer jobs through the SEEDS initiative, offered as part of TO2015.

This initiative provided over 100 opportunities for youth (aged 18 to 29) living in the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area. These short-term summer jobs span a range of positions for the Games – from transportation to customer service – and include mentorship support from a corporate sponsor.

In Toronto, these unique opportunities were promoted through PAYE, led by TESS and SDF&A. PAYE staff and community partners planned and delivered information sessions across the City, and prepared top candidates for interviews. Extensive outreach and promotion resulted in 763 applications reviewed and 268 suitable candidates referred to TO2015 recruiters. 103 youth have been hired by TO2015 to date.

To see how PAYE can work with your company's unique hiring needs and connect you with a diverse candidate pool of motivated and skilled staff, contact Jennifer Posthumus, Manager Program Support for TESS, at (416) 397-0722.

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