Youth Facing Barriers to Employment Find Jobs

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 — The OCH Foundation celebrated the successful completion of Get Into Hospitality, a program of Prince’s Trust Canada, in partnership with Marriott International, that provided 12 Ottawa youth facing barriers to employment, the opportunity to join in classroom-based employability skills training, to receive relevant industry certifications, to participate in paid job shadowing; and most importantly, to find jobs.

 Through the program, underemployed and underserved youth gain practical work experience and build confidence. “I’m looking to become a manager or supervisor one day”, said Everton, a participant in the recent program. “Before the program, I wasn’t this outspoken. Now I share my thoughts, ideas and experience.”

After achieving high employment rates for young people in other cities, the Get Into program first came to Ottawa in the Spring of 2019, with the Get Into Customer Service program, through a partnership with Cineplex, that saw six of the participants get jobs.

The Get Into Hospitality program took place from August 6-30th, and Marriott has already offered jobs to six participants, with more job offers expected to come. The other participants are offered a six-month mentorship program, to ensure they continue on a path to employment or further training.

 “Globally, the hospitality industry is expected to support 126 million jobs over the next ten years, causing the demand for talent to outpace talent supply. Developing meaningful and sustainable employment for young people under 30 is essential. This program has proven to be an excellent way to prepare young people for careers in the hospitality industry” said the General Manager of the Delta Hotel in Ottawa, Zubair Siddiqi.

The OCH Foundation played a key role in bringing the Get Into program to Ottawa, first introducing it at the Ottawa Community Foundation’s New Leaf Community Challenge in the Fall of 2017. The OCH Foundation looks forward to continuing to build on its relationship with Prince’s Trust Canada to provide opportunities for low income youth to believe in themselves, to aim higher and succeed in all aspects of their lives.

Prince’s Trust Canada
Established by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2011, Prince’s Trust Canada is a national charity focused on transforming lives and building sustainable communities in Canada.

Prince’s Trust Canada works to unlock potential in three key areas – providing entrepreneurship training for veterans and transitioning Canadian Armed Forces members, helping young people build confidence through employability programs, and supporting Indigenous communities as they revitalize and protect their languages.

Ottawa Community Housing Foundation
Committed to bringing together community leaders to help families, children, youth, and seniors, living in social housing in Ottawa, the OCH Foundation supports programs designed to break down barriers and alleviate the social needs of tenants living in Ottawa Community Housing.

The OCH Foundation channels fundamental resources into its key focus areas: education, employment and community engagement in order to empower, inspire, and equip OCH tenants so they can build thriving communities for themselves, for their families, for their neighbours, and for their city.

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Caroline Kayll
Manager of Operations/Gestionnaire des opérations
OCH Foundation for Healthy Communities /Fondation LCO pour des communautés saines