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Toronto workshops help youth navigate future employment with online, digital strategies

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By Jeff Junke

A group of youth sitting at a table talking.Recent research predicts that 25 percent of jobs in Canada will be affected by automation over the next 10 years. At the same time, young people are navigating the early days of their career at a time of profound change, thanks to advancements in technology and an increase in precarious employment — which has grown twice as fast as non-precarious employment, since 2001.

With youth (aged 15 to 24) making up almost 20 percent of workers at high risk of being impacted, preparing for this new future of work will be critical for those just starting out.

That’s why the CivicAction Leadership Foundation welcomed over 300 youth and youth workers for the launch of its fifth annual YouthConnect event earlier this month, at Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park.

YouthConnect, which has run since 2014, sees attendees participate in hands-on workshops covering a host of online tools and digital strategies that help youth develop an updated skill set to find jobs and connect with employers. For 2019, the event expanded its focus to helping participants prepare for an unpredictable future of work.

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