The Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) Program aims to help youth make career decisions and create a career plan, develop workplace skills, and gain work experience 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! 



  • Aged 15 to 30
  • Permanent resident, refugee, or Canadian citizen in Canada for 5 years or less
  • Assessed at a CLB 5 or higher
  • Unemployed or under-employed with barriers to gaining employment in your field



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

The in-class employment skills training runs Monday-Friday 9:30 am - 2:30 pm. The work placements will be arranged with local employers and the dates are to be determined in collaboration with the employer and Employer Liaison. 

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

  • Goal setting and career mapping
  • Job applications: resume and cover letter writing
  • Soft skills and workplace culture
  • The 9 essential skills
  • Interview skills, mock interviews, and networking 
  • Canadian workplace communication 
  • Employment standards, occupational health and safety, workers’ rights and responsibilities 
  • Finances in Canada 




The Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) Program is federally funded through Service Canada to provide employment skills training for newcomers 15 to 30, including those under the age of 31.

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 will 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. 

If you are an employer who wishes to host a work placement or use the work placement to onboard new-hires, please contact the Employer Liaison, Kalyna Bryl-Taman for more information:







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