Get Involved

We work with businesses, organizations and individuals across Alberta to make a positive impact on local schools and young people’s lives. Employers and their employees play a key role in driving social mobility and opening up opportunities for young people.

In return, we help businesses develop corporate social responsibility (CSR) by providing corporate volunteering opportunities and supporting employees’ professional development.
You can get involved by:

Offering a work experience placement

Offering a work experience placement can benefit both young people and businesses. We arrange work experience placements each year for schools and colleges in Alberta. Placements can take place over one – two weeks, or once or twice a week over an extended period.

What do young people gain from work experience?

Work experience gives young people practical knowledge and experience of workplaces. For many young people, it can provide access to opportunities that are otherwise out of reach. A work experience placement gives young people:
  • Understanding of the world of work
  • Understanding of an occupation or industry
  • Career direction
  • Improved employability and soft skills
  • Networking opportunities with employers
  • An opportunity to put classroom learning into practice
  • Increased motivation at school/college

How do businesses benefit from offering work experience?

Organisations across all sectors can help shape the workforce of tomorrow while receiving a students’ help. You could benefit from:
  • Demonstrating corporate social responsibility
  • The chance to develop employees’ management and supervision skills
  • A raised profile and improved reputation in your local community
  • New perspectives and fresh ideas from young people
  • Access to potential future trainees or employees. Previous work experience students have since entered part-time employment or apprenticeships with their employer hosts.

Is my business or organisation suitable?

All you need to offer a work experience placement is Employers’ Liability insurance and a safe and supportive environment. Your workplace should also be accessible by public transport.
Skillcity will support you to offer an effective placement every step of the way. Employers will be matched with suitable students and receive:
  • Guidance on identifying appropriate tasks and creating a basic job description
  • A risk assessment of your workplace
  • On-hand support throughout the placement 

What does hosting a workplace visit involve?

Hosting a visit involves giving classes or small groups the opportunity to visit your workplace and see how it functions. These visits can include tours, hands-on activities, presentations and a chance for the pupils to question employees. In elementary school students visit workplaces are engaged in career awareness activities such as workplace visits, while high students would take part in work-related encounters and activities that are relevant to their studies.
What will your organization gain?

Inviting young people into your workplace is not only a fun way to give back, it can also have a positive impact on your business.

Hosting a workplace visit can help you broaden your reach in the local area, as well as provide your employees meaningful experiences as they demonstrate  your organization's corporate social responsibility and values, and impact lives above and beyond your corporate walls.