Building Young Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Employment bridges vulnerable community youth to gainful and durable employment through skills training and business mentoring process. The project targets youth 18-29 years of age that are un- or under-employed looking for opportunities to augment their skills, or acquire new ones, toward sustainable employment. With funding support of RBC Foundation partners, UNA-Canada will recruit, vet and train targeted youth in the soft skills of disciplined work ethics, communications and interpersonal social skills that are important for today’s industry and workplace, along with basic financial literacy. In collaboration with subject-matter experts the Association will facilitate the transfer of knowledge to youth on establishing and operating a small, medium enterprise (SME), obtaining financial support and gaining the trust of financial institutions, reinvesting in success and disciplined growth, and specifics of financial literacy. UNA-Canada will also establish business networks for “mentorship” opportunities supporting businesses and industries to impart technical skills, professional guidance and supervisory services to youth apprentices.
Through these business and industry networks youth will gain skills, knowledge and confidence to start self-employment businesses and tackle persistent un- and underemployment at household and community levels. The project will be implemented in Halifax, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver directly targeting a total of 75 youth and connecting them to a network of community partners and businesses.