The 16th Annual Youth Hiring Fair happened recently and over 1,000 eager young job seekers entered the fair in the first half-hour. About 500 more were lined up outside waiting for their opportunity on April 8th, 2014. The fair was held at Stampede Parks BMO Centre with the goal of helping young adults get off to a good start in the working world.
The event is known for providing plenty of job opportunities exclusively for the youth of Calgary. Those ages 15 to 24 are allowed in and over 80 employers were on hand with plenty of opportunities for these young adults. The City of Calgary believes in creating a strong and productive workforce and believes it starts with the youth.
More than 5,000 full and part-time jobs were available for the employers found at the fair. Many of the participants waited in line for hours before the event started. They knew there would be plenty of jobs available and they wanted to be able to get their foot in the door with one of the many local companies attending.
Many of the employers on hand provided on-the-spot interviews and some even made hiring decisions the same day. Employers, such as Shakers Fun Centre were on handle to provide jobs to qualified candidates. Many of the jobs they had available were just summer positions, but these fits very well for young people planning to attend college.
This fair may only be held once a year, but the city of Calgary provides plenty of other resources to ensure the youth can get off to a good start. Other events are held specifically for 15 and 16 year olds seeking summer work and for those seeking career and life-planning advice. Events for the youth include:
- YEC Hiring Fairs
- Jump $tart
- Discover Your Opportunities
- Born to Be
- Project Protégé
All of these events are aimed at the youth of Calgary. For more information about upcoming events and job opportunities for young people visit the website at, http://www.nextsteps.org.