Employment - Keep It!


What is it


Employment Keep It is a Youth Skills Link program that builds community partnerships and connects motivated, job ready youth with valuable employment opportunities in the construction and trades and related industries

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Youth between the ages of 16-30 and not attending school
  • In need of assistance to overcome employment barriers
  • Must be a Canadian citizen or legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) or be EI reach back active (not have collected EI in the last 5 years)
  • Searching for full time employment


Employers will:

  • Receive 60 hours of no cost Work Experience ┬ápaid for by NYSA.
  • Receive a $3.00/hr wage contribution based on a minimum $11.35/hr wage.
  • Connect with job ready and motivated youth.

Participants will:

  • Participate in four weeks of paid in-class Skill Enhancement
  • Participate in up to 60 hours of paid Work Experience
  • Be eligible to employers with a $3/hour wage subsidy for 4 months
  • Obtain First Aid OFA Level 1, WHMIS, Forklift Operator, Traffic Control Person, Ladder Safety, Fall Protection and additional employment based training


  • Address: 290 Bastion Street, Nanaimo
    BC V9R3A4
  • Email: nysa@nysa.bc.ca
  • Website: www.nysa.bc.ca
  • Toll Free: 1-855-922-0220