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United Way Career Navigator(TM)

A new, full featured career program that prepares young people to find meaningful jobs and build a better future

United Way Toronto & York Region created Career Navigator™ specifically for young people who have the hardest time to find work—those facing multiple barriers including, but not limited to, poverty, discrimination, settlement issues, family breakdown, and low educational attainment.

CareerNavigator™ is an education-to-employment pipeline that combines industry recognized training and social supports to help youth secure credentials and experiences needed for in-demand jobs.

A Career Navigator program typically consists of:

  • an employer who has identified an unmet labour need
  • young people who are willing and able to work but need credentials or other supports
  • community partners that can provide wrap around supports to the youth while they are enrolled in the program
  • an educational or vocational training program where the youth acquire the requisite skills
  • work related experience for the young person for a successful career

The training component of the Career Navigator lasts from 4 to 8 months; with pre and post employment supports, the program can last up to a year.

Career Navigator™ helps youth build a career path in five sectors:

  • computer systems design and related services
  • retail
  • construction and manufacturing
  • accommodation and food services
  • healthcare and social services

This full career program is possible thanks to the collective efforts of community organizations, educational institutions, employers, government, and donors. Read the News release here.

If you are an employer, young person or an agency/educational institution that wants to get involved in this exciting new program, please contact:

Fabio Crespin
Manager, Youth Initiatives
United Way Toronto & York Region
fcrespin@uwgt.org