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Skilled4Success program gives youth job shadow experience

Fifteen-year-old Shaydon Orr of the Westside Boys and Girls Club (right) gets instruction from Kal Tire employee Max Anderson Wednesday afternoon as part of the Skilled4Success program. - Wade Paterson/Capital News
Fifteen-year-old Shaydon Orr of the Westside Boys and Girls Club (right) gets instruction from Kal Tire employee Max Anderson Wednesday afternoon as part of the Skilled4Success program.
— image credit: Wade Paterson/Capital News

Eight youth from the Westside Boys and Girls Club are finding out what it's like to be a Kal Tire employee this week.

The young workers are participating in a job shadow Wednesday and Thursday through Skilled4Success: A national program that provides pre-employment exploration opportunities, job skills training and job shadowing experiences for youth across Canada.

"There were 14 clubs chosen nationally to participate in the program—Kelowna was one of the clubs chosen. We've been integrating the Westside as well," said Jen Carter of the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Empowerment through Employment Program.

There are about 20 youth who will be accessing a 12-week workshop program, followed by a job shadow.

"The youth who we're providing the service to are youth who may not have previously been able to have this chance, depending on their school situation or living environment."

At the Kal Tire job shadow, youth were paired up one-on-one with technicians to learn what the job entails.

"It's more than just changing tires.

"Some of the comments are that the kids can't believe there are so many jobs in one store."

Carter said the 12-week workshop focuses on information regarding how youth can access apprenticeships, what businesses are looking for on resumes and how to effectively find jobs.

"The government of Canada predicted that in 2020 there will be a million workers short in skilled trades. B.C. is pushing skilled trades on the youth right now and giving them the opportunity to realize that you can become very successful without having to complete four or six years in university."

wpaterson@kelownacapnews.com

 

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