Y Works (Windsor and London)

Skills building and employment supports for youth and young adults. 
Y Works is an employment program that assists youth and young adults ages 15-30 to overcome barriers of employment. Our program delivers a range of activities that help youth overcome barriers to employment and develop a broad range of skills and knowledge in order to participate in the current and future labour market. Over a 5-week period we provide individual and group-based support that include employability skills building workshops. Upon completion, we connect participants with a paid job opportunity or with appropriate courses and training opportunities in a field of their choice. For those entering the workforce, an additional 12 weeks for tailored support are provided to both participants and their employer to promote long-term success. 

Program Structure: 

Week 1-5  
Group and individual based employment preparation assistance for 32.5 hours per week, wherein participants will be paid an allowance equivalent to the minimum wage per hour. 

Week 6-17  
Paid job opportunity with tailored supports provided to both participants and employer; or assistance with enrollment into academic/training course(s). 
Offered Supports:

We tailor our supports specifically for your success which can include*: 

  • Transportation
  • Child care
  • Professional mental health support 
  • Living allowances 
  • Work-related material and supplies
  • Completion bonus
  • Employment and academic advice
  • Interview preparation 
  • Networking
  • On-the-job supports for participants and employers

*Supports vary based on program, approvals, and case-to-case basis.

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If you are a community partner, organization, or employer that is interested in establishing a partnership with YWorks, please fill out the following inquiry form and an Employment Specialist will contact you.

Employer Form

Are you located in Windsor or London?

For more information contact:

Program information (Windsor) 

Ramsha Siddiqi
Employment Specialist
519-258-9622 ext 2656

Cheyene Shuart
Employment Specialist
(519) 258-9622 ext 2654

Program information (London)

Spiro Vassallo
Employment Specialist 
(519) 667-3300 ext. 2039

Devin Mclauglin
Employment Specialist
519-667-3300 ext 1023