Media Release: ConnectLinc Summer Program to benefit Lincoln youth, tourism and hospitality industries

Media Release: ConnectLinc Summer Program to benefit Lincoln youth, tourism and hospitality industries

 

Lincoln, ON – (May 19, 2022) – Civiconnect and the Town of Lincoln are excited to announce the inaugural ConnectLinc Summer Camp program launch, with registration now open at www.civiconnect.ca/connect-linc.

Funded by the Ontario Skills Development Fund (SDF) and Employment Ontario, in partnership with the Town of Lincoln and operated by Civiconnect, ConnectLinc is a 3-week employment skills readiness summer day program located in Beamsville, with a focus on Tourism & Hospitality for youth between 14 and 16 years old. The program will operate from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., from July 11 to 29, and from August 8 to 26, 2022. Participants develop a portfolio of certifications, access to industry guest speakers and experts, and relevant skills needed for today's workforce. ConnectLinc is part of the recently announced $2.5 million grant extension from the Ontario's Skills Development Fund (SDF) Round 2, which provides funding to deliver relevant work skills training to youth in the community.  

“The Town’s partnership with Civiconnect is truly the gift that keeps on giving, and I’m pleased to continue to collaborate on new and impactful programs for our local youth,” said Town of Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton. “This is a valuable opportunity for youth to develop job readiness and soft skills training needed to become marketable to prospective employers – which will ultimately support job growth and prosperity in Lincoln.”

Severely impacted by the pandemic, 14 to 16 year-olds have experienced multiple lockdowns in Ontario, resulting in decreased interaction with peers and lack of access to core socialization growth, job readiness programming, certifications, and soft-skills training.  Building on a successful year delivering the Youth Skills Studio, where post-secondary students receive job readiness skills by assisting local small businesses with technology deployment projects, Civiconnect is expanding programming to youth aged 14 to 16. ConnectLinc will provide in-person training, including soft skills and transferable certifications, while allowing youth to apply their learned skills in a simulation work week.

“We are thrilled to see this program come to fruition in support of youth and local tourism and hospitality operators, helping to solve the labour issues we have witnessed as a result of the pandemic,” said the Town of Lincoln’s Tourism Coordinator Britnie Bazylewski. “Showcasing to youth that tourism and hospitality are viable and rewarding career opportunities is a win-win for this sector in Lincoln and local youth.”

Programming includes but is not limited to industry training, certifications, workers' rights in the workplace, introduction to industry employees and experts, and development of professional profiles to present to employers. The primary objective is to prepare youth for jobs in the local Tourism & Hospitality industry, which is currently experiencing high demand and a labour shortage following two years of COVID-19 lockdowns.

"We are excited to announce the expansion of the Civiconnect/ConnectLinc team and are looking forward to seeing the benefits of this program in the Lincoln community and with local Tourism & Hospitality providers," noted Civiconnect Program Supervisor Melanie Gallant. "Some of the certifications to be gained through ConnectLinc include First Aid and CPR, WHMIS, AODA, Safety in the Workplace, and more! These highly desirable certificates will help Lincoln’s youth stand apart from others in the job field."  

Cost to participants is $299+HST for the three-week program, and the value of the certifications to be gained by ConnectLinc participants is over $1,500.

Civiconnect is also seeking partnerships with Lincoln businesses interested in training the next generation of youth. If you have industry experience and are interested in providing course content, giving a guest lecture, general networking, or employment exposure, email our Client Outreach Administer, Olivia Johnson, at ojohnson@civiconnect.ca for more information. 

For youth aged 14 to 16 or their parents/guardians who wish to register for the ConnectLinc Summer Camp program, visit civiconnect.ca/connect-linc. Updates and more information can be found via social media @connectlinc. 

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Liliana Busnello
Manager of Corporate Communications
Town of Lincoln
Direct: 905-563-2799 ext. 230
Tel: 905-563-8205

 

Logos for Town and Civiconnect ConnectLinc program
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