Aspire Youth Summit

First Work’s Aspire Youth Summit

Wednesday October 28th


Location – Virtual

First Work is excited to deliver a whole day of youth-led, youth-driven content to our annual employment services and workforce development conference, Futures, through First Work’s Aspire Youth Summit.

During this health, economic, social justice, and climate emergency we are living through, we know that young people may be feeling insecure about future career prospects as they navigate an employment landscape that is rapidly changing. First Work’s Aspire Youth Summit is designed to empower young people to explore unique career paths, become more resilient, and advocate for themselves in this new normal.

First Work’s Youth Council has been integral in designing the day’s events and will help play host to a variety of sessions throughout the day. Key featured content is listed below.


Empowering Youth in Trades:

Two separate sessions dedicated to exploring career paths and opportunities in the trades. Hearing directly from industry experts, explore different roles in the homebuilding and manufacturing industries.

Packing your Digital Toolkit:

There is no shortage of online job-supporting tools, but what tools do you need to plan your career? Learn about up-skilling your tech skills and certifications outside of traditional higher learning which can help you on your career path.

Mental Health:

Isolation and lack of confidence in future opportunities has brought mental health to the forefront of employment-readiness. Know you are not alone in your struggles. This session will help empower you to advocate effectively for your needs.

About Aspire:

Through Aspire, First Work delivers a three-pillar approach to youth career exploration to learn about non-traditional career paths, explore day-placements, and receive career mentorship from industry professionals. Aspire incorporates youth leadership development with contextualized skills, peer and career mentorship, and industry-informed sector-strategy development in three cities over one year supporting 400 youth. The combination of these elements affords young people career exposure and limitless prospects of exploration, network building, and reflection.

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