York Police a Top Employer for Young People

For the third consecutive year, York Regional Police (YRP) has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for Young People thanks to initiatives that include mentorship and paid internship programs.

“We are honoured to accept this recognition of the many programs and initiatives at YRP that support our young employees,” says Chief Jim MacSween. “Providing mentoring, career guidance and workplace support to young employees only serves to makes our organization stronger.”

Now in its 19th year, Canada’s Top Employers for Young People is an editorial competition that recognizes employers offering the country’s best workplaces and programs for young people launching their careers. Winners are chosen by the editorial team at the Canada’s Top Employers project based on the programs and initiatives they offer to attract and retain younger workers, including tuition assistance and co-op or work-study programs, mentorship and training programs, and career management programs that help younger workers advance faster in the organization.

YRP offers summer employment in finance, human resources, information technology and corporate communications for students enrolled in police foundations, criminology, law or related programs. Its Youth in Policing Initiative paid internship program offers young people with opportunities to develop job skills by helping at community events, completing administrative tasks and acting as junior counsellors at the Community Safety Village of York Region in Whitchurch-Stouffville.

YRP’s Student Cadet Program, another paid internship program, provides policing experience to students attending a police-related college or university program. As part of its Mentor Program, an experienced member helps another member develop specific skills and knowledge to enhance the mentee’s professional career path.

Visit Canada’s Top Employers for Young People for a full list of winners and the reasons why each was selected.

Photo: Among other things, York Regional Police offers co-operative education experiences at the Community Safety Village of York Region for students interested in policing careers. Image from YRP website.

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