Employment Assistance (Youth/Students) - 2nd Chance Employment

Services For Youth

2nd Chance Can Help You:

  • get that first job,
  • get past jobs that have gone wrong, or
  • decide what career is right for you.
  • Our staff will also take the time to connect you to other supports according to your needs. Whatever you are facing, we want to help!


Ways 2 Work Program

Introducing A 16 Week Program Designed To Assist Youth Develop The Essential Skills Needed To Maintain Employment And Be Successful In Today’s Labour Market.

Participants Will:

  • Be paid an allowance equivalent to minimum wage while attending program
  • Acquire skills and information on values and self-esteem, balancing life, job retention and employer expectations
  • Receive certification in Smart Serve, First Aid, Safe Food Handling and WHMIS


  • Not in school or returning to school
  • Out of work
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Not in receipt of E.I. benefits
  • Between 15 and 30 years of age


ACE (Achieving Competitive Employment) For Students

The ACE (Achieving Competitive Employment) program helps individuals with disabilities to get and keep jobs.  Our aim is to provide resources to identify, develop, and utilize employable skills and abilities.

ACE Staff Can Provide:

  • Job search assistance: how to help employers see past a disability and understand the assets you bring to their business
  • Job development: direct contact with employers to generate leads and facilitate paid placements
  • Job coaching: one-to-one support to adapt to a new workplace and be successful there

Who Can Use ACE?

  • You must be 16 years of age or older
  • You must also have an identified disability (this can mean a lot of things – if you’re not sure, ask us!)
  • Resident of Guelph or Wellington County
  • Ready to prepare and achieve employment
  • A.C.E. is funded by Ontario Disabilities Support Program Employment Supports


Youth Job Connection

Program Includes 60 Hours Of Paid Pre-employment Training Over One Month And A Paid Job Placement Up To 6 Months.

Participants Will:

  • Be paid an allowance equivalent to minimum wage while attending pre-employment training to promote job readiness
  • Acquire skills on interview skills, professionalism, work-life balance and employer expectations
  • Be supported through a paid job placement
  • Receive mentorship and work transition support


  • Between 15 and 29 years of age
  • Not in school full-time
  • Out of work
  • Facing barriers in employment


Phone: 519-843-5513

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