The Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) Program aims to help youth develop the skills and gain the experience they need to successfully transition into the labour market. 

Please find more program information below and Employers keep scrolling down to find out how you can partner with YESS! 



You must be an immigrant youth aged 15 to 30, a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or refugee, assessed at a CLB 5 or higher and unemployed with barriers to gaining employment to be eligible.


The YESS Program combines eight weeks of PAID classroom training with six weeks of PAID work placement. 

Upcoming YESS Session Schedule: 

YESS Session 1: Classroom training:  August 31 to October 27, 2020, with a six-week work placement following and exact dates to be determined (TBD).  

YESS Session 2: Classroom training:  November 23 to January 26, 2021, with a six-week work placement following and exact dates TBD. 
YESS Session 3: Classroom training:  February 22 to April 20, 2021, with a six-week work placement following and exact dates TBD. 
YESS Session 4: Classroom training:  May 17 to July 13, 2021, with a six-week work placement following and exact dates TBD. 

The in-class employment skills training runs Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. The work placements will be arranged with local employers and the dates are to be determined in collaboration with the employer and Workplace Liaison. 

The in-class employment skills training covers the following topics: 

Week One: Orientation and soft skills 
Week Two: Goal setting 
Week Three: Job applications and resume building 
Week Four: The 9 essential skills. 
Week Five: Canadian workplace communication 
Week Six: Employment standards, occupational health and safety and workers’ rights and responsibilities 
Week Seven: Finances in Canada 
Week Eight: Interview skills, mock interviews, and networking 


Youth Employment Skills & Strategy (YESS) is an educational training program for newcomer youth to Canada ages 15-30; it is federally funded through Service Canada.

Through this program, we partner with local employers to provide six-week work placements for the participants. We ask the employer to put this participant on their payroll and treat them like an employee. RODS can then reimburse their minimum wage for 30 hours/week.

Perhaps you need to hire for a position anyway – we can help you on-board our participants as the new hire, liaise their experience for the first six weeks, and pay for those first six weeks of training. 

The idea behind the work placements is to provide young newcomers with the opportunity to gain Canadian work experience, references to add to their resume, build networks in their field, and gather insight into the Canadian workplace while being supported through a program. The Employer Liaison is involved to make sure that these six weeks are a good learning opportunity for the participant and make sure there are clear lines of communication for everyone. 






Open to learning and takes feedback. Exceptional written communication. Learned new applications quickly. Very focused surpassing goals. 
-Financial Institution 
Wonderful and competent/Quick learner. His banking background was very helpful. Proficient with MS Office suite. 
- Non-profit Association 
Very positive attitude. Asked questions, searched for the information. Came on time. Excellent productivity. 
- Insurance and financial services company 
Safa completed her first project within the first week, for the same project coop students take 2 months. Spend time and on weekends learning new applications. Became more confident. We are helping her network, write resumes, and practice the software suites that most software developer firms require. 
- IT start-up 
Rashida is always willing to jump right in and offers support and help when needed. She asks questions and gives feedback. She is very supportive and is very gentle and loving with the children…Rashida conducts herself in a professional manner while she is working and communicating with all staff and all children. 
- Private school 
Employers who have partnered with RODS Employment Services in the past:

  • Adaptive Media 
  • CJTR  
  • Conexus Art Centre  
  • Conexus Credit Union  
  • Diabetes Association  
  • Edencare  
  • eHealth  
  • Globe Theatre  
  • Huda School 
  • Krugo  
  • Merchant Law  
  • Montessori School of Regina  
  • Ora  
  • Public Service Commission  
  • Royal Canadian Legion  
  • Saskatchewan Health Authority  
  • SaskPower  
  • SaskTel  
  • SSILC  
  • The Home Expert Team  
  • Toolshed  
  • YWCA  

 We Always Welcome New Partnerships!   



This project is funded by the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Skills Strategy YESS