How it Works
Building Young Entrepreneurs has three main components: skills training, networking and work-integrated learning. Skills training takes place in a two day core workshop and monthly follow-up workshops, including sessions on the following topics:
Resume and cover letter writing
Workplace etiquette and respect
Teamwork and interpersonal relations
Time Management Skills
Following the training, participants are given opportunities for work-integrated learning through an 8-16 week internship with a local business or organization. They can also participate in job shadowing and observe a professional at their job for 3-5 days. Some examples of past internships include:
Accounts Intern at Property Management firm in Toronto
Veterinary Assistant at an Animal Hospital in Vancouver
Telephone banking position with CIBC - Halifax
Administrative Assistant at a private notary firm - Edmonton
Throughout this journey, participants are offered a professional mentor and networking opportunities, including a National Expo.
If you live in one of our target cities, you are between the ages of 18-29, and you are un- or under-employed, apply now!
To learn more and to participate, please contact Liz Chamberlain at [email protected]
Edmonton, (2016- current)
Halifax, (2016-2017; 2017-current)
Toronto, (2014-2016; 2016-2017 and 2017-current)
Vancouver, (2016-2017; 2017-current)
Past Cities: Winnipeg, (2014-2016)
After the Internship
Many Building Young Entrepreneurs participants choose to stay with the employers they interned with for a longer term; others resume their job-hunt with a new-and-improved resume. Some choose to pursue further education for a specific job. Wherever their careers takes them, UNA-Canada is here to support them.
Our peer mentoring programme allows programme participants to connect with past participants, young Canadian entrepreneurs, and like-minded individuals in a network of knowledge-sharing and support.
The participants will also have the opportunity to showcase their new skills and / or business ventures at a National Expo in June 2020. This will give them the exposure needed to excel in their careers.
“UNAC’s Building Young Entrepreneurs programms has enriched my professional career; It helped me find my current Mentor and assists in my business ventures. I am truly grateful for what this programme has taught me."
Building Young Entrepreneurs, 2017