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Skills4Success is a life-changing skills development program for youth ages 15-30 who are eager to work, but just need a little extra support, training and knowledge to be successful. With funding from the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Skills Strategy, youth are paid for 18 weeks to participate in six weeks’ classroom training plus 12 weeks’ on-the-job training.

For Youth

A Life Changing Opportunity

Are you between the ages of 15 and 30, excited to get to work but just haven’t taken that first step? Or maybe you’ve been working but your hours got reduced during the pandemic. Looking to move to a new field and don’t know how to make the jump? Or are you already working but want a second job or something that offers more hours, more growth, and a path to a more secure future. Then Skills4Success can help!

Not only do you get paid for six weeks of job skills training, we’ll find you a place to work and secure your salary for another 12 weeks. Our case managers will support you and your employer the whole time, giving you every opportunity to be successful and secure full time employment. Training includes topics like:

  • Effective Resume and Cover Letters
  • Interview Skills
  • Communication
  • Workplace Etiquette
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Stress Management
  • Time Management
  • Motivation

And we’ll also provide you with industry-specific, third-party training like Safe Food Handlers, First Aid/CPR or WHMIS if required.


  • Ages 15-30
  • Have a Social Insurance Number (we can help you obtain one if needed)
  • Have faced barriers / difficulties obtaining work
  • Are punctual, responsible and highly motivated to work
  • Can commit to 30 hours of work per week

Application Process

To be considered for Skills4Success, please follow these steps:

  1. Fill out the application and send it to us along with your resume.
  2. An Employment Case Manager will contact you to attend a mandatory information session.
  3. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.
  4. Successful applicants will be contacted if accepted.

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For Employers

A Partner in Talent Recruitment

Skills4Success is a paid skill development program for youth aged 15-30 who just need a little extra support and training to unlock their potential as successful, future superstars.

Skills4Success participants are carefully screened, many having existing experience in the workforce but are just looking for the right fit with the right supports.

The Link’s Employment Case Managers provide that support: for you, and for the youth, providing six weeks of training before they ever set foot on your premises, then 12 weeks of ongoing coaching. The whole time, their salary is supported, giving you the chance to train them with little to no financial impact.

“One never knows what to expect from work placement programs. Lester is a responsible and focused individual who gives 100% to his job. Without a doubt, The Link training leads to successful placements.”

Kevin Mears
President, WH Escott Ltd

Say Yes to Success!

We’re recruiting businesses and organizations that offer quality employment opportunities that can lead to full time positions. You can expect wage subsidy and a well-prepared individual ready for employment and already equipped with the knowledge to become a permanent asset to your workforce. You’ll also have access to experience Employment Case Managers who can help with any issues, disciplinary or otherwise.

If you’re looking to fill vacant positions, need to scale up, or simply want to know more for future reference, please call:

Jonathan Mitchell, Work Experience Case Manager – 204-223-4335
Johanna Kroetsch, Work Experience Case Manager – 431-338-8509

Or email Skills4Success@thelinkmb.ca.

Current Partners

We are grateful to the following local businesses who partner with The Link: Youth and Family Supports to offer quality employment experiences. They are recognized here, across our social media channels, and in our annual report each year.

Applebee’s Bar and GRill
Yen’s Bookkeeping & Business Services
Crocadoodle – Kenaston
Mat Master
Fort Garry Hotel
Weatherwise Tent Rental Inc.
Carpathia Children’s Centre
The Forks Market
Shorty’s Pizza
Downtown Community Safety Partnership
Teekca’s Boutique
BIRD Construction
Planet Pantry
Canadian Goodwill Industries
Toys R Us
McMunn and Yates Building Supplies
Salisbury House of Canada