What do you want to be when you grow up? A reoccurring question asked throughout one’s life, from the aspiring superhero-princess-ninja pre-schooler to the young adult who is still trying to figure it out.
As employment options become more and more diverse and specialized, making a career decision can sometimes be difficult for young people today. To help support youth employment, and build awareness of the great programs and services that are available today, the Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre (MBEC, a unit of Economic Development Office) hosted a youth employment and entrepreneurship event earlier this year.
The event brought together 75 local representatives from community organizations, education and government who shared initiatives and actions that are supporting youth in such areas as: skills development; career planning; self-employment; and employment learning opportunities.
As the Economic Development Office aims to increase youth preparation for future employment opportunities, it is important that we take a collective, active and collaborative approach to minimize the challenges of youth employment.
With that said, I would like to kick off a new Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Blog Series that will be published once a week with contributions from the groups that participated in MBEC’s event. This blog series will become a great platform for our business community to find out ways to create employment opportunities for youth, and for parents to learn what opportunities and services are available for their children.
So stay tuned for our next posting next Wednesday from the Peel Halton Workforce Development Group.