Job fair targets Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows' youth

WorkBC Maple Ridge hosts its first Youth Open House and Job Fair at Maple Ridge Libaray Friday. - Colleen Savage/Special to The TIMES
WorkBC Maple Ridge hosts its first Youth Open House and Job Fair at Maple Ridge Libaray Friday.
— image credit: Colleen Savage/Special to The TIMES

With summer around the corner, the job hunt is on for high school students to earn some extra funds while school's out, and an upcoming open house and job fair is giving youth a chance to meet local employers.

Hosted by WorkBC Maple Ridge, Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Parks and Leisure Services, and the Maple Ridge Library, the open house will connect youth age 15 to 24 with volunteer organizations, employers,  and trade organizations.

WorkBC Maple Ridge's Colleen Savage said the open house, which takes place Friday at Maple Ridge Library from 3 to 6 p.m., will help youth boost their resumes and explore career paths they are curious about.

"Youth typically tend to gravitate to the mainstream careers – positions that are trending, popular and receive a lot of profile - and can miss a lot of opportunities," she said. "Career exploration enables them to consider and better align their values, interests and talents with careers they may not have considered."

She added "career research helps youth identify education and training requirements for specific careers," which also helps them to set realistic plans and goals for post-graduation.

"Career exploration can be really fun and presents opportunities to connect with employers and industries," she continued. "This in turn helps build confidence and motivation."

Employers and organizations who will be at the library include: Industry Training Authority, ACE It! SD 42, StepBC, Statistics Canada, Westminster Savings, West Coast Auto Group, RBC Royal Bank, Alouette Correctional Centre, Wash ME! Property Services, and Douglas College.

Booths for volunteer opportunities also include: Volunteer Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge Fraser Health Volunteer Authority, City of Maple Ridge, and ACT Theatre.

Savage advised anyone interested in stopping by to bring copies of their resumes to hand out.

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