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Career Navigator

Image of Olissa a Career Navigator graduate

Lolley has a full-time job in the trades after completing the Career Navigator program and dreams of building affordable homes for people just like her.

United Way’s Career Navigator provides youth facing multiple barriers with access to interconnected education, training, job placement, soft-skills and wrap-around support services. Through partnership with agencies and employers, Career Navigator is now helping youth gain industry-recognized credentials needed for in-demand employment opportunities in four sectors: retail, hospitality, construction and IT.


of youth who enrolled in Career Navigator successfully completed post-secondary training and achieved industry-recognized accreditation since 2015.


of Career Navigator graduates found full or part-time employment immediately after completing the program.

Career Navigator Programs


Residential Cleaning (Construction)
Youth 17-29 with self identified learning, intellectual and/or communication disabilities

Program structure: Phase 1: 3 weeks of in class soft skills and employment readiness training. Phase 2: Experiential Learning; Hands on training and cleaning shifts at Aptus owned homes with on-the-job supports. Completion of additional training modules (WHMIS and Workplace Safety in 4 steps). Participants can remain in this stage for as long as needed. Phase 3: Referral to wrap around supports and additional employment supports (training, job development, volunteer opportunities etc.) This phase is ongoing throughout the program. Phase 4: (if applicable) Referral to employer partners and interview preparation.

Program Supervisor: Donald Guse Salah, (416) 768-8915, donald@aptustc.com
Career Navigator Supervisors: Mark Burt and Rachel Maislin, (416) 633-8835, mark@aptustc.com; rachel@aptustc.com

Hospitality Workers Training Centre

Hospitality and Food Service
Youth 17-29 who are facing barriers to employment

  • Room Attendant: Learn how to clean and prepare comfortable rooms for Guests in a hotel. Length of Training: 5 weeks.
  • Kitchen Porter: Learn necessary food preparation skills and how to keep dishes clean and work- stations organized. Length of training is 4 weeks.
  • Guest Services: Learn to provide exceptional guest experiences, and how to manage customer facing roles. Length of training is 4 weeks.
  • Banquet Server: Learn service standard when interacting with guests in a restaurant or banquet environment. This training includes point of sale, menu training as well as safety and sanitation. Length of training is 8 weeks.
  • Culinary Skills: Launch Learn the skills for entry-level cooking positions. Build knife skills, learn kitchen etiquette and different cooking techniques. Length of training is 10 weeks.

Contact: (647) 930 9518,  training@hospitalitytrainingcentre.com,

International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF)

Information Technology/Digital
Youth 17-29 who are facing barriers to employment

Length and brief description of the program: Women Learning to Code & Take Leadership is an exciting program that prepares young women to enter Tech- a sector with large gender gap. Through workshops and training, young women facing social and economic barriers to Tech education and employment learn how to build their own websites using HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript. Every year IDRF trains 30 women in introductory web development and those that demonstrate the desire and aptitude receive scholarships for a 12-week intensive “Bootcamp” that prepared them to start their careers as Full Stack Developers. In addition to technical training, the program fosters leadership skills, provides opportunities for graduates to mentor aspiring developers and trains participants in “soft skills” such as active listening, social cohesion and problem solving.

Program Manager: Elyas Burney,  EBurney@Idrf.ca

Labour Education Centre – TradeLinx

Construction Skilled Trades
Youth 17-29 who are facing barriers to employment

Length: TradeLinx is a 12 week pre-apprenticeship training program covering theory and practical applications in a variety of construction trades, life skills and essential skills including a strong focus on trades mathematics, 8 health and safety certifications and First Aid CPR Level C.  Successful graduates are supported in securing employment within a unionized employer in the trade they have chosen to pursue.

Contact: Gavin Lawrence, (416) 537-6532 ext 2212, glawrence@laboureduation.org 


Social Services
Black youth

Program Description: Niche is a  program that supports building community champions to launch a career in the social service field. This 12-week program introduces CEE members to theory, tools and placement opportunities. There are two streams to NICHE: the first stream is a pop-up professional development weekend course that supports those already active in the sector. The second is a 12-week training program that supports those wanting to enter the social service sector.

Contact: info@ceetoronto.com

CEE Digital Tech Coding

Information Technology
Black youth

Program Description: This is a free 14-week program, in partnership with the Red Academy Toronto, which takes youth into the real world of working.  Through hands-on training, members earn industry certification in Web Development, Digital Marketing, UX and UI design, and Coding. Plus, participants will tour work sites on exposure trips, and receive career coaching and support.

Contact: info@ceetoronto.com

POV 3rd Street- Production Assistant Training Program

Black youth

Program Description: This five-week training program, designed with industry consultation, will provide the requisite skills and knowledge needed to enter the screen-based industry as a Production Assistant (PA). It also provides the necessary social service supports to ensure each participant's success. Upon completion of the training, qualified participants will receive paid placement opportunities and gain experience working on a TV/Film set as a PA.

Contact: info@pov3rdstreet.org

Building Up

Construction Skilled Trades
Youth 17-29 who are facing barriers to employment

As a non-profit contractor and social enterprise, Building Up is able to offer flexible training schedules that allow participants to stay employed internally at Building Up until they are confident and comfortable moving onto external employment with local construction unions as apprentices. The training we provide is designed based on the needs of the construction industry, as we include trades based math, health and safety training, drivers license training, anti-oppresion workshops, hands on shop training and personalized social workers that support each person through their personal barriers.

Contact: Marc Soberano, (647) 723-6930, marc@buildingup.ca

NPower Canada

Information Technology
Youth 17-29 who are facing barriers to employment

NPower Canada provides low-income, diverse young adults ages 18-29 with 15 weeks of no-cost professional and technical skills training, industry certification, direct job placement and five years of career laddering services. More than 80% of graduates secure employment and/or enroll in higher education within 6 months of program completion. Graduates are placed into a wide range of junior-level IT roles including Help Desk Analyst, Software Developer, QA/Tester, Project Control Officer and Information Security Analyst.

Contact: Isaac Mbaziira, Recruitment Manager, (416) 606-2645, isaac.mbaziira@npowercanada.ca