The Thérèse-de Blainville Chamber of Commerce and Industry launched the Objectif Carrière: An Equal Opportunity for All initiative. This program aims to support organizations and businesses in the integration of 12 young post-secondary graduates (15 to 30 years) with learning disabilities. This project, selected following the call for projects of the Youth on the Move Towards Employment (JME) program, is subsidized by the Government of Quebec under the Canada-Quebec Contribution Agreement in support of young people in the Québec, in which the federal government contributes financially, more specifically through the regional component of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy.
Despite their qualifications, these young people struggling with a learning disability (dyscalculia, dysphasia, dysgraphia, dyslexia, dyspraxia, attention deficit) face two major challenges: prejudice and adjustment difficulties. This not only affects perceptions of the employer, but also relationships with colleagues, making the integration of these workers particularly difficult in today’s world of work. In partnership with the Carrefour Jeunesse-Emploi Thérèse De Blainville, the CCITB proposes to equip young people to constructively present their disorder, while presenting, from the outset, simple ways to the employer that can be used to ensure adequate integration.
The companies that will welcome the graduates during their paid internship, of a minimum of 12 weeks, will be accompanied by a remedial teacher to facilitate integration and adaptation through easy and inexpensive accommodations. In addition, the employer will receive a salary contribution of $ 5,000 to allow the hiring and follow-up of the reconciliations necessary for the integration of the employee as part of a first work experience in his field of work.
“It is essential to encourage initiatives aimed at the integration and retention of young people in the labor market, and particularly those who meet additional challenges due to learning disabilities. Financial assistance of $ 151,671 from the JME program which is granted to the Objectif Carrière project: an equal opportunity for all! will provide these young people with a program to prepare them for a long-term integration into the labor market. In the context of uncertainties linked to the pandemic, it is important to ensure a strong, sustainable and diversified succession, everywhere in Quebec. ” stated Jean Boulet, Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister responsible for the Mauricie region
” The Government of Canada is proud to support innovative programs that aim to help young people reach their potential and reach the work market. In these difficult times, we must take all possible measures to support young people and help them shape their future. The Objectif Carrière: An Equal Opportunity for All initiative, partially funded under the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, is a great opportunity for young people with a learning disability to acquire skills and receive the training they need to integrate into the labor market, realize their potential and pursue successful careers” added the Honorable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Development of labor and inclusion of people with disabilities.