Finding a job isn’t always simple and it’s tough to gain work experience without work experience, especially for youth. At Toronto Community Employment Services (TCES), a non-profit charitable organization serving Toronto and the GTA, employment specialists help solve that puzzle.

Youth Job Link (YJL) is a program for youth and students aged 15 to 29 seeking assistance in finding work. It provides resume-building services, interview prep, employment training, direct connections to employers and up to $300 in work-supports, where applicable.

The staff at Toronto Community Employment Services.

“The staff are always helpful, and they really do try to meet your needs and concerns for your job search,” says M.M., a YJL program participant. “My experience was nothing but pleasant.”

In the new world of work, the organization’s free, year-round services for job seekers are more valuable than ever. Education alone is often not enough to jump-start a career, and a job can support continuing studies.

Founded in 1978, TCES has 40 years of experience assisting job seekers of all ages with a range of services including training, coaching, job preparation and connecting workers with prospective employers.