According to the Ministry of Education, approximately 20% of Ontario students choose to go directly to the workforce after high school. Co-operative education is a great way to gain valuable work experience while you are in school.
Learn more about Co-op.


There are many community agencies and programs to help you find employment - either part-time or full-time once you graduate. Click on the links below to learn about agencies and programs supporting youth to gain employment.

Youth Services Bureau (YSB) Employment Services


City of Ottawa Youth Employment Services


Community Employment Resource Centre


Causeway Work Centre - Causeway supports individuals with barriers to employment


Pinecrest/Queensway Community Health Centre:
PQCHC Employment Services Future Builders Program - pre-apprenticeship training and work experience in general carpentry
Jack Track Child Care Program - a training and work experience program for the Child Development Practitioner trade

The YMCA of Ottawa:

YMCA Employment Access Centre

Your Job Story - youth employment program 

Pre-Apprenticeship Home Renovation Training Program - hands-on skills training required to find employment in the residential renovation trades

Pre-Apprenticeship Horticulture Training Program - hands-on technical and pre-employment training to individuals interested in working in the Horticulture trade

Green Building Program - focuses on pre-employment preparation, hands-on training for technical skills, and Green Building theory

Need help to figure out your next steps? Make an appointment with your Guidance Counsellor.

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