Skills Enhancement for Youth (SEFY) offers youth aged 15-30 paid skills training and a paid job placement in their field of interest. The goal of this program is to equip youth with the skills and experience they need to secure long-term and meaningful careers.

Registration for the SEFY program is open all year. Please note, this program is only available at the following branches: Richmond Hill and Vaughan.

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Program Benefits

  • Free job placement services
  • Full-time, part-time jobs
  • Paid employment skills workshops – earn minimum wage while you learn
  • One-on-one career guidance
  • Job-search skills training
  • Job retention support

Program Details

  • Serves youth who are unemployed and not enrolled in school (15-30 years old)
  • Job placements are year-round – part-time and full-time opportunities
  • 60 hours paid employment skills training (3 days/week)
  • New streams of workshops start throughout the year
  • Registration is always open

Eligibility and Suitability


To be eligible for this program, youth must be:

  • 15-30 years old at time of registration
  • Not employed or participating in full-time training/education
  • Eligible to work in Canada
  • Resident of Ontario


In order to be eligible for this program, employers must:

    • Intend to hire program participant after placement period
    • Offer a job placement based in Ontario
    • Be licensed to operate in Ontario
    • Not receive government funds for the same job placement
    • Not displace existing staff or replace laid-off staff
    • Not hire immediate family (e.g. parents, spouse or child)
    • Not be a federal, provincial or municipal government agency
    • Not be a service provider for Employment Ontario
    • Provides program participant with standard employment terms, conditions and benefits and maintains good standing with: