Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
June 15, 2018

Applications Open for Linkages Program to Help Youth Gain Employment

Non-profit community-based organizations are invited to submit proposals for the 2018-19 Linkages program to help young people between the ages of 18-30 gain and maintain meaningful employment.

Linkages is a client-centred employment initiative that helps community-based agencies offer 26-week work placements for youth. The program is designed for young people who have completed a minimum of Level II high school, but have not completed post-secondary education and have not made a successful transition to the labour force.

Through Linkages, these young people will gain experience and counselling to help them return to school to complete academic upgrading, enter skills training, continue employment or become self-employed.

This year, approximately $1.8 million is being provided for Linkages in joint provincial and federal funding. Last year, funding was approved for 38 community organizations resulting in 210 youth receiving work placements and bi-weekly career planning workshops under Linkages.

The deadline for applications is July 11, 2018. For more information about the Linkages program and to submit an application visit

Initiatives such as the Linkages program deliver on commitments in The Way Forward to strengthen the province’s economic foundation and deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at

“Linkages provides young people with first-hand support in continuing education and entering the workforce. Through this partnership with community organizations, youth who are struggling to establish themselves at work or in school, gain the skills and experience they need to get a new job, start a career, re-enter the workforce or become an entrepreneur.”
Honourable Al Hawkins
Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

“Through the Linkages program and the support of our local business community who want to see our young people do well, our organization has had great success helping youth in our area find meaningful job placements. It is very rewarding to look back and see the majority of our participants now enrolled in post-secondary programs or starting careers. This would not be possible if not for the Linkages Program.”
Sharon Price, Executive Director
Community Youth Network - Isles of Notre Dame Corp.

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Media contacts
Ryan Crocker
Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
709-729-1795, 725-9595

Sharon Price
Community Youth Network - Isles of Notre Dame Corp.

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