TORONTO, April 28, 2014 /CNW/ - Successful organizations are paying more
attention to the needs and aspirations of their youngest employees -
that's the key finding from this year's "Canada's Top Employers for
Young People" competition, announced this morning.
"Innovation and adaptability don't exist in a vacuum," says Richard
Yerema, Managing Editor of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project, which oversees the competition. "Employers that make it
easier for young people to thrive in their careers, it turns out, also
make their organizational DNA more resilient and able to adapt faster
Now in its 12th year, "Canada's Top Employers for Young People" is an editorial project
that recognizes the nation's leaders when it comes to attracting and
retaining younger workers. The competition reviews a wide variety of
initiatives, from mentorship to training and advancement opportunities,
important to younger Canadians starting their first careers. A
dedicated issue of Jobpostings Magazine featuring this year's winners
will be distributed on campuses across Canada in September.
"This year, we saw a wonderful range of initiatives tailored to the
needs of recent college and university graduates," says Kristina Leung,
the project's Editor. "Many of these programs don't cost employers a
lot of money or have huge budgets, but they do a great job at making
young people understand they are central to the future of the
Included among this year's winners are some noteworthy initiatives:
JOEY Restaurant Group, based in Vancouver, hosts employee competitions
for "Top Apprentice" and "League of Extraordinary Chefs" to ensure
ongoing skills development by apprentice chefs.
SaskPower, based in Regina, created a dedicated office staffed by 12
full-time staff to organize events for younger employees and ensure
their views are taken into account in setting career development,
diversity and business objectives.
Sodexo Canada, based in Burlington, Ontario, organizes an international
mentorship program, which pairs new graduates with overseas mentors and
lets students spend a week in that country.
Ernst & Young brings interns from all over the world to a four-day
Leadership Conference, where they meet the firm's executive team - and
develop leadership skills of their own.
RBC encourages innovation among university students with its "Next Great
Innovator Challenge", which asks students to solve a new problem each
year (this year's question is about big data) for the chance to earn a
The full list of 2014 winners and the editors' detailed Reasons for
Selection were released this morning at: www.CanadasTop100.com/young_people
Image with caption: "Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2014) (CNW Group/Mediacorp Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140428_C5187_PHOTO_EN_39601.jpg
SOURCE: Mediacorp Canada Inc.
For further information:
Karen Le, Vice-President, 416-964-6069 x1460.