There’s nothing like a bout of homelessness to dash a person’s expectations of, and chances for, viable employment. A new web-based social enterprise is seeking to address that black mark, though, with a Canada-wide program aimed at linking employers and willing would-be employees.
How it works
HireUp is a youth-hiring initiative that will operate like Workopolis does, with companies uploading in-house opportunities and youth-serving social agencies responding to them with candidates’ resumes. While most of the individuals are homeless and have yet to amass any formal work experience, they make up for this deficiency with enthusiasm for meaningful employment.
Currently, the site features some 180 full-time, and a slew of part-time, positions, on offer with companies such as Home Depot Canada, NEI Investments and Nordstrom.
The nominal fee employers pony up for their participation is reinvested in programs dedicated to improving conditions for homeless youth by way of the 18 social agencies involved in the project.
The scene by the numbers
Canada’s national youth unemployment rate was at 13.5% in October, almost double that of the general population (7.1%). Anywhere from 35,000 to 65,000 youth experience homelessness in Canada each year.
The first program of its kind in this country, HireUp is organized by corporate social responsibility consultancy Impakt. This Toronto-based organization launched the website with the collaboration of Workopolis and the Home Depot Canada Foundation.
HireUp is unique for the way it facilitates a corporation’s involvement in alleviating youth homelessness while simultaneously addressing its own personnel gaps.
Win and win.