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Ontario private sector to play role in tackling youth unemployment

Published in the Toronto Star
Written by Rachel Mendleson

It has been a long summer for Oscar Ludzik, 18, who has been looking for work since finishing high school in June.

But reality sunk in last week when, as many of his friends returned to their studies, Ludzik killed time playing video games, surfing the Internet and going for walks around his west-end Toronto neighbourhood.

“It’s a little bit harder when you realize that people have things that they’re doing,” he said. “Sometimes it feels a little bit hopeless, like, what if I never get an interview? What if everything I’m doing is pointless? It’s hard to think about.”

For Ludzik and others like him, however, help may be on the way. The business community could soon play a pivotal role in breaking down the barriers to employment in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), where an estimated 83,000 of those aged 15 to 24 are not in school or training or don’t have jobs.

In partnership with the province, the Toronto-based non-profit Civic Action unveils a strategy on Monday that seeks to jump-start a more collaborative approach to tackling the roots of youth joblessness. The goal is to spearhead several private-sector job and mentorships programs, to be piloted in the region next year.

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