Youth Links/National Work Experience (WE)

Youth Links/National Work Experience (WE) is designed for youth aged 15-30 to overcome barriers in finding employment. Participants will complete 12 weeks of paid work experience to develop their job based skills while receiving one-on-one job coaching throughout the program. Employers receive a wage subsidy for the term of the program based employment and participants receive the necessary job skills to be successful going forward in their working life. Participants receive a $500 bonus upon successful completion of Youth Links.

Program Outline

  • FREE 12 week program
  • Minimum of 24 hours per week, 4 days per week, of PAID work experience
  • Wage subsidy for employers
  • Help with job search and employment skills:
  • Resume Development
  • Interview Preparation
  • Weekly job coaching session with job coach
  • $500 bonus for participants who complete Youth Links successfully


  • Between the ages of 15 - 30
  • Not attending school
  • Unemployed
  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Not receiving EI
  • In need of assistance to overcome Employment Barriers
  • Ready to commit to full time employment or return to school at the end of 12 weeks


This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy Skills Link Program. 

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Cost: No Cost
Duration: Continuous Location: Red Deer - Downtown