Youth job fair geared for Peninsula high school students

Opportunity to meet employers, universities and more.

  • Feb. 12, 2015 4:00 p.m.

Beacon Community Services holds its fourth job fair for youth at the SHOAL Centre on Resthaven Drive in Sidney on Feb. 20.

Beacon Community Service’s fourth annual Youth Job Fair gives local teens the chance to meet with prospective employers, find out what they’re looking for and maybe even get hired on the spot.

This year’s fair has 20 businesses and organizations coming to the SHOAL Centre to help guide youth through the world of business and employment.

“Our target market is students in School District 63 who are in high school, from 14 to 18, but everyone in that age group is welcome to come,” says Sara Lawton, youth employment program co-ordinator for Beacon Community Services.

Potential employment aside, the event is also about educating youth, she adds. It’s a way for teens to get the inside track on what different businesses are looking for.

Coast Capital Insurance, for example, will talk about what kind of qualifications they look for in future employees, as will B.C. Ferries, who may also be doing some seasonal hiring at the fair.

And for those who may not have any work experience, several organizations will be on hand recruiting volunteers.

“For the younger students who still might need some experience, they might be able to get in as a volunteer,” said Lawton.

The Royal BC Museum and Volunteer Victoria, for example, are always looking for new volunteers and the pro bono experience can help round out a spartan resumé.

The key, says Lawton, is to treat the entire fair as an interview.

“The idea is to come prepared with your resumé,” she says. “Come dressed to meet employers who are hiring, and put your best foot forward.”

Businesses attending include Panorama Recreation, McDonalds, Fairway Market, Sidney All Care, Save-on-Foods, Tanner’s Books and Peninsula Co-op.

Beacon Community Services is also hosting a free resumé writing and interview skills workshop this Friday (Feb. 13) at the SHOAL Centre from 2 to 4 p.m. Register at

The job fair runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Friday (Feb. 20) at the SHOAL Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive in Sidney.

Youth aged 14 to 18 are invited and encouraged to attend. The first 100 registrants receive a free gift bag.

To register, visit

For more information, contact Sara Lawton at or 250-656-5537.

Just Posted

Feasting geese concern farmers

For farmers on the Saanich Peninsula, cereal crops like corn are starting… Continue reading

Cycling Without Age raises funds for program

Free rides for seniors coming to Sidney

Feast of Fields settles in for the summer of 2018

Vancouver Island Feast set for Kildara Farms in North Saanich on Aug. 26

An upstart ferry company might be a Malahat alternative

A new ferry service might alleviate Malahat congestion. Dogwood Ferries is a… Continue reading

Have your say about how Central Saanich grows

Upcoming open houses will affect long-term community plan

New stage highlight of Brentwood Bay Festival

Peninsula Country Market vendors and music accompany start of summer celebration

Sidney painter also a preacher

Patrick Chu opens new studio; off to China this month

Canada won’t ‘play politics’ on U.S. migrant children policy

The U.S. government is under fire over its ”zero tolerance” policy

Capitals coach resigns after Stanley Cup win

Barry Trotz announced his resignation on Monday

Baseball HarbourCats sit at .500 heading into Bend road trip

Port Angeles wins two of three in weekend WCL series in Victoria

Weekend book sale at Nellie McClung library branch

All books free Sunday afternoon, with a $10 admission

B.C. pledges $550 million for Indigenous housing

Aboriginal leaders say federal government needs to pitch in too

Sweden beats South Korea 1-0

Sweden gets benefit of video review in World Cup

Most Read