A “STTEP” in the right direction


The STTEP program is a pre-employment training program that helps youth gain work experience opportunities and develop a broad range of skills that would allow them to make a successful transition to the labour market.  The Skills Link program is funded by Service Canada and delivered by the Sault Ste. Marie YMCA.

Last month , Sault MP Terry Sheehan on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced a new project that will give youth in the riding of Sault Ste. Marie, job skills training and hands-on work experience.

Approximately 132 youth will participate in the project, which will be delivered by the Sault Ste. Marie YMCA.

This program will provide financial support to an employer as an incentive to hire and provide work experience and skills enhancement to youth.  This incentive will help offset the cost of training a new employee.  We are looking for employers who sincerely want to help youth to gain on-the-job training and are willing to take the time to help the new hire become a valuable asset to their team.

As a sign of the employers’ commitment to offer the likelihood of continuing employment to this participant, we are asking the employer to make a contribution toward their wages.  During the 12 week training period, the employer will provide all mandatory employment related costs (MERCS).  The program will reimburse the employer $10.40 per hour weekly for a maximum of 35 hours per week for their wages.  The participant must be put on your payroll for the required deductions and copies of the pay stub can be submitted for reimbursement.

For further information to participate, please contact Kathy McKee at the YMCA, 705-945-5178, Ext. 309.



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