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Summer is just around the corner...


Heavy machine operators and construction workers are in high demand - that includes carpenters, roofers, plumbers, electricians, and more.


In fact, there is an incredible amount of opportunity for career growth and success in the Skilled Trades industry in Canada. Learn more about Skilled Trade Work and Apprenticeships in our featured article.


If you are a youth or know someone who is, read about our programs to help young people gain employment.


The Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre's free Job Search workshops help individuals, at all stages of their careers, learn how to Job Search effectively. Visit our website for more information.


Skilled Trades Work

Did you know that Skilled Trade Workers are highly sought after by employers?



What is a Skilled Trade Worker?

In general, Skilled Trade Workers have received some form of specialized training to gain the skills required to create a particular product or deliver a service.


There are more than 200 designated trades in Canada. Some skilled trades are accredited (e.g. training and certification are required before services are sold) and some do not require certification.


There are four main categories of Skilled Trades. They are: Construction, Transportation, Manufacturing and Services (e.g. hair stylist).


Considering a career in Skilled Trades? Take a look at this Skills Trades Career Guide.


Skilled Trade workers often begin their career through an apprenticeship. What is an apprenticeship? Learn about it here.


Already working in the Trades? Employers are always looking for individuals with skilled trade experience.


Register with us to access exclusive job opportunities with employers.


Youth Programs


There are several Employment Ontario programs available through the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre designed to assist youth in obtaining employment.



Find out which one is right for you. Need help? Our Employment Counsellors are available to help you. Connect with us!


Free Activities


Make full use of the season - exercise, relax and re-set your mood by taking a walk in the great outdoors.


It's free, fun and good for you.



The Regional Municipality of Durham website offers tips, information and listings of free activities in the Durham Region that will help you stay active!


Take a look!


What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship involves job-shadowing in a skilled trade wherein individuals are under the guidance and direction of a qualified, experienced professional.



While apprenticeship is a type of post-secondary training, college or university education are not required to pursue an apprenticeship for a skilled trade profession.


The duration of an apprenticeship varies depending on the skilled trade and the certification required, lasting anywhere between 2-5 years. Apprenticeships cost significantly less than university and college and apprentices are paid throughout the duration of their on-the-job training.


The province is responsible for regulating apprenticeships. Some involve compulsory certification, others are voluntary.


The Red Seal program was introduced by the federal government to offer mobility to skilled trade workers in Canada. When qualified, skilled trade workers can practise their trade anywhere in Canada.


Skilled trades are in high-demand! Take advantage of this opportunity.


Need help? We can assist you in finding an employer to sponsor your training.


Register with us to learn more.

Your Local Library


Your local library is an abundant resource.



On Tuesday, June 21, from 7:00pm - 8:00pm, World Financial Group presents "Life After Debt" at the Pickering Public Library. This workshop will teach you how to keep more money in your pocket.


At the Oshawa Public Library on Monday, June 27 at 6:30pm, learn how to "Cut the Cord - Eliminate Cable While Still Enjoying TV". Where: McLaughlin Branch, Auditorium


June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. In partnership with the Durham Regional Police and the fraud team at National Money Mart, you can learn how to prevent power of attorney fraud, door-to-door and phone scams, and elder abuse. This seminar is for elders, family members and their caregivers, and anyone interested in learning more. Where: McLaughlin Branch, Auditorium, Oshawa Public Library, 10:00 am.


Oshawa, Best Place for Work

Oshawa jumped to the top of the "Best Place to Find Work" list according to BMO’s Regional Labour Market Report Card.



Due in large part to being home to four post-secondary schools, The City of Oshawa has gradually moved away from the common perception that Oshawa is just a "Car Town".


More than 20,000 young people go to school in the Oshawa-Whitby area at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Durham College, Trent University Durham campus, and connecting campuses in Oshawa with the University of Windsor and Queen’s University.


In terms of employment, the annual employment rate has grown to 6.9% and the unemployment rate is down 1.6% from last year.


City of Oshawa Mayor, John Henry states:


“You’ll be hard pressed to find another city in all of Canada that has four universities, community college, an airport, a deep water port, and both major railroads with great highway access to this country from coast-to-coast.


There is no other city like that in all of Canada.”


Read more.

Older Worker Job Search


Older workers are returning to the workforce for various reasons - some due to economic difficulties while others want to share their expertise and remain active and engaged in the community.



Many older workers thought that they would be employed by the same employer for a lifetime only to find themselves in a situation where they must learn about the current labour market and how to effectively job search.


Everythingzoomer.com offers some job search tips to help Older Workers integrate into the workforce. Click to read.


Join an Information Session to learn how the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers Program can help you gain meaningful employment.


Stop the Cycle - Elder Abuse

The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario have noticed a troubling trend - Elder Abuse.



In the case of child abuse, professionals know exactly what to do - contact the Children's Aid Society.


With elder abuse, it is not as cut and dry. Evidence that may signal abuse could be attributed to symptoms of aging including falling, bruising, weight loss, etc.


In order to help prevent and address the issue, a set of "Best Practices" have been released by The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.


Doris Grinspun, chief executive officer of the association states: “We hope it will help put an end to what can only be described as a horrifying and hugely troublesome trend.” Read more here.


Job Opportunities


- Aggregate Plant Manager

- Mechanical Technologist

- Administrative Assistant

- Child & Youth Worker

- Front Office Administrator

- General Labourer

- Machine Operator

- Jr. Process Engineer

- Construction Labourer

- Driver, Transport

- Lifestyle Consultant

- Labour Market Researchers

- Veterinary Receptionist

- Registered Nurse

- Dispatcher

- Notary Public

- Social Worker

- Maintenance Operator

- Care Coordinator

- Flatbed Truck Driver

- Grocery Clerk

- Refrigeration Mechanic

- Customer Relations Specialist

- Store Associates

- Manager, Retail

- Sales Associate

- Manufacturing, Manager

- Strategic Account Manager


Note: The Job Opportunities listed may expire throughout the month.


Please come in to one of the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre locations to view many more job postings.


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YJC - Summer


Obtain summer or part-time employment during the high school years!



Youth Job Connection Summer (YJCS) is a program for youth between the ages of 15-18. It is designed for youth facing challenging life circumstances and needing support transitioning from school to work.


The program will offer a minimum of 20 hours of paid pre-employment training, job placements up to 8 weeks during the summer and up to 10 hours per week during the school year. The program offers incentives to employers. Contact us!


Youth who have left school and are experiencing significant, multiple or complex barriers to employment will benefit from Youth Job Connection, launched October 2015; offering year-round 60-90 hours of paid pre-employment services, job matching, and mentoring support.


Click to view YJC-Summer Poster.




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