Published January 24, 2017 18:07
Kelowna’s job market is growing more competitive every year. For youth, this can make finding a job difficult. Working at a young age is an important skill-building experience and it’s a requirement for almost every permanent position. Gap's CareerLaunch program is helping teens at the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Downtown Youth Centre prepare for the working world and for their long-term career plans.
CareerLaunch builds essential skills for exploring careers, making sound educational decisions, and finding success in the world of work. This not only includes obtaining and keeping a job, but finding a career that suits teen’s interests and talents. CareerLaunch consists of four units that contain twenty-two immersive group activities that contribute to an experiential learning environment.
Teens can build on CareerLaunch experience by attending Camp Old Navy, a one-day job shadowing event at Old Navy Kelowna. Job shadowing gives teens the opportunity to learn skills that are useful for a variety of positions. Job Shadowing also allows teens to audition for a position with an employer with no risk to the employer.
At Camp Old Navy in 2016, one of the youth who participated beat the best time for an in-store employee when folding and packing a shopping bag of clothing – he was told that, due to his demonstrated ability to learn the task and perform it well, he would be considered for hire. Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Downtown Youth Centre is grateful to Gap Canada for investing their time and money in the workers of the future.
If you are a youth who needs an extra leg up getting a summer job or honing your employment skills, or if you know a youth who fits the bill, visit our Downtown Youth Centre at 1633 Richter St or contact us at 250-868-8541. If you are a business who wants to get involved in this program, we are happy to hear about partnership ideas.