The Prince’s Trust Canada Youth Employment team kicked off 2020 with a first-of-its-kind Discover Finance and Technology program last week in downtown Toronto.
Over the four days, 20 young entrepreneurs ages 20-29 from Youth Employment Services’ BizStart program immersed themselves into the world of business, finance and technology with three Bay Street giants: Finastra, KPMG and Royal Bank of Canada.
Through a unique mix of professional development workshops, networking lunches, and collaborative activities, youth received workplace exposure within a corporate environment while learning about the range of jobs available at these companies, and connecting with mentors who have built a career in the sector.
DIVING INTO DIGITAL LITERACY THROUGH CODE
The program kickstarted on a Tuesday morning at Finastra, the world’s third largest fintech company. Youth heared about the importance of digital literacy from Shakir Nathoor, Senior Manager of Client Services. The workshop was followed by an interactive “Hour of Code” where participants learned the basics of coding a Star Wars video game with mentors Asra Baig and Asif Atcha.
“I was always interested in coding because you always hear that it’s needed for the next generation of job opportunities.”
“I was always interested in coding because you always hear that it’s needed for the next generation of job opportunities,” said Denae Ennis, one of the Discover program participants and an up-and-coming videographer.