Flexible Upskilling Network for Employers

Flexible Upskilling Network (F.U.N) program is a blended learning program, where participants receive opportunities to combine valuable work experience with accelerated skills training.

The objective of the F.U.N program is to support youth who face employment barriers by helping them develop soft skills such as communication, collaboration and problem solving. Prepr will be using its signature PIE method to train the participants in Project Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and to expose them to real world business challenges. Prepr will also support participants in developing technology and digital skills that can help them secure gainful employment.

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How FUN can help employers

Create or enhance your website

Build or enhance your e-commerce store

Develop or optimize your digital  communications plan

Increase your digital productivity

Why should I apply?

As a F.UN program employer you will have the opportunity to employ youth who have received training on (1) employability skills, including soft skills such as communication collaboration and problem solving (2) technology and digital skills, and (3) using Prepr’s signature PIE tool, which addresses three essential skills gaps facing the business services sector today: Expertise in innovation, business development (entrepreneurship, sales, commercialization) and project management

If you have applied for the Canada Summer Jobs program, you can benefit from the temporary changes that were announced in April to help employers hire summer staff and provide youth, between 15 and 30 years of age, access to the jobs they need so they can continue to deliver essential services during this unprecedented time. The temporary changes to the program for this year include:

  • An increase to the wage subsidy, so that private and public sector employers can also receive up to 100 percent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for each employee
  • An extension to the end date for employment to February 28, 2021
  • Allowing employers to adapt their projects and job activities to support essential services
  • Allowing employers to hire staff on a part-time basis

 

Who is F.U.N. for?

Not-for-profit organizations, the public-sector and private sector organizations in Ontario

Where is F.U.N. taking place?

While the Accelerated Skills Training will be delivered virtually, participants may be asked to work either remotely or on-site depending on the employer and the Covic-19 prevention measures in effect.

Program Schedule

Three cohorts of 180 youth will participate in the program as follows: 

Do you qualify?

 

  • You are a not-for-profit, public sector or private sector organization
  • You can provide job placement(s) for 12 weeks in Ontario
  • You can ensure that placements take place in safe, inclusive, and healthy work environments free from harassment and discrimination
  • You can provide quality work experiences for youth. This can be a recent student hire or a trained Prepr candidate. All students are welcome.
  • Your job placements have a digital or technology focus

*Canada Summer Jobs- Ontario employers can benefit from wage subsidies
*For more information on Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) subsidies, click here

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