The Collective Impact for Inclusive Youth Employment (CIIYE) initiative seeks to provide meaningful employment and professional development opportunities for diverse, young people (ages 18 – 34) across Nova Scotia.
Through meaningful collaboration with community members, employment service providers, initiative participants (young people and employers) and the Province of Nova Scotia’s Department of Labour and Advanced Education, the CIIYE will incorporate best practices in long-term labour force attachment, which includes an intentional focus on accessibility, equity, and inclusion and person-driven leadership development opportunities, to support a more inclusive, resilient and effective workforce across Nova Scotia.
This initiative is available to unemployed or underemployed young people who self-identify as Indigenous, African Canadian, racialized individuals (including Persons of African Descent), persons with a disability, and Nova Scotians on Employment Support and Income Assistance (ESIA). Participating employers will be those organizations who are committed to ongoing learning in order to create safe, welcoming and inclusive workplaces.
The initiative has five main components. For more information, please refer to the CIIYE Brief:
- Meaningful employment for at least 15 young people from diverse communities who will receive a minimum wage of at least $15 per hour. Employer will have the able to access a wage subsidy of up to $10.50 per hour over the course of the two years.
- Training and development for both participating employees (young people) and employers. This would include support for employers to create more safe, inclusive, and productive workplace and support for participating youth to further develop their skills and abilities.
- Ongoing, wrap around supports will be accessible over the two-year initiative. This includes required resources for success (e.g., mental health support, mentorship, childcare, elder care, accessibility adaptations, assistive technology, transportation, troubleshooting, etc.)
- Through Communities of Learning, participating youth and employers will have access to peer networks and opportunities for personal and professional development throughout the duration of the two-years. This will also include participant-driven leadership development opportunities for young employees.
- Participants of the CIIYE and other community members external to the program will have opportunities to participate in community engagement initiatives to encourage inclusive workforce development. Young employees will work collaboratively with their employers to identify converging areas of interest and develop strategies to engage with the broader community.
Given the ongoing developmental evaluation, as well as critical reflection, conversations and real-time adjustments, the CIIYE will be responsive to and reflective of the initiative’s participants. What is collectively learned alongside the partners of the CIIYE will be used to support ongoing workforce development as well as inform the policy and program design of other existing, and future, labour market programs, thus impacting the participation rates of under-represented groups into the future.
“The CIIYE is youth-centred initiative that recognizes the assets diverse young people bring into the workplace while also acknowledging their underrepresentation. The CIIYE prioritizes community engagement, wrap around support, research, and community informed program components to facilitate meaningful workforce experiences of historically underrepresented groups.”
"By providing wrap around supports to ensure 15 youth’s long-term attachment to meaningful employment, we are identifying and modeling exactly what supports, practices and approaches are required to recruit, retain and create safe and engaging workplaces for young people- specifically diverse youth, who are often excluded from the workforce."
“The CIIYE is an exciting initiative that is striving to elevate the voice of young, diverse people to help evoke positive social change, as they navigate and lead in the Nova Scotian workforce.”
“The collaborative, community-led nature of the CIIYE brings together the strengths and assets of all partners to create an initiative that can have meaningful, sustaining impacts across Nova Scotia. By also engaging as learning partners alongside government and service providers as well as diverse young people and employers who are committed to accessible, inclusive, and productive places of work, we’re striving to co-create a better future that works for all.”
"Collective Impact for Youth Employment emphasizes the important shift being made in our province to create an inclusive and equitable Nova Scotia by 2030; the communities within our province need programs like this to help our economy and businesses get ahead of the curve. Not only will this be a game changer for what pre-employment programs look like, but it's also unlocking an entire population of motivated job ready workers and giving them the shot they've always deserved."
YMCA of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia Works
Employment Services Centre
“The CIIYE initiative places youth from marginalized communities in position for intergenerational social mobility by offering them a wage subsidy and attachment program, cultivating community engagement and leadership skills. It is an innovative way to add value to youth employment.”
*The Collective Impact for Inclusive Youth Employment initiative is made possible through the generous financial support from the Province of Nova Scotia’s Department of Labour and Advanced Education. We extend our deepest appreciation and thanks for not only their financial support of this important initiative, but also as collaborators and learning partners in the development, design, and implementation of the CIIYE initiative.