The Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau is running a Wired 2 Hire program to help get youth get work ready and engage them in volunteering.
The program helps youth ages 16 to 30 get Industry related certificates, free of charge.
Carol-Anne Pasemko says there are three components to the Wired 2 Hire initiative.
“So the first one is that they do 40 hours of life skills pre-employment training. The second component was the industry ticket, so they go and they take the training for St. Johns First Aid, H2S Alive, WHIMIS, TDG, Protect Preserve, Customer Service and a Food Safe.”
The third component is to volunteer for 25 hours in the community as payment for the course.
Pasemko says the course give people a sense of community.
“They come out of it with a real sense of accomplishment when they finish. Like, you see them, they’re coming in and they’re saying wow, they’re not really engaged in the community and stuff like that. Though, when they leave the program, they’re engaged, they’re out there they’re doing things. We found a lot of them stay volunteering.”
There are 16 to 20 people in a class and 6 courses are run a year. Interested applicants can fill out an application at the volunteer Bureau.