- Escalator: Jobs for Youth Facing Barriers
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Escalator: Jobs for Youth Facing Barriers brings together private, public and community sector leaders to tackle the issue of unemployment for youth facing barriers. 9.5% of Ontario youth are not in employment, education or training. Research suggests that the cumulative lifetime burden to society of youth who are most disconnected from the labour market is $1 million per youth. At the same time, many industries face labour shortages, low retention rates and high recruitment costs. The costs to business and society are significant.
Over the last three years (see our Timeline), we successfully launched a number of programs which are making a difference in the lives of young people across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton region, with the potential to inform initiatives across the province.
We are proud of our accomplishments to date and continue to scale these interventions, but know that there is more work to be done to level the playing field for youth facing barriers.
In 2016, CivicAction embarked on a new phase of work, developing evidence-based tools to help HR leaders identify and address barriers within their organizations that may hinder the success of young people. To do so, we convened a world-class group of Special Advisors to inform our efforts and conducted consultations across Ontario. Working with employers, we are: