The Desjardins Youth Work Experience Program (Desjardins Jeunes au Travail) is implemented in collaboration with Caisse Desjardins du Lac-Memphrémagog.

For the students :

The main objective is to develop young participants’ future employability by enabling them to acquire new skills, in particular by offering them:

  a first rewarding contact or a first rewarding work experience;

  • a training on employment soft skills and basic job search method;
  • an awareness workshop on cooperation and financial management

Eligibility Criteria for Students 

  • Have never had paid work
  • Be between the ages of 14-18 years old
  • Reside in the territory of MRC Memphrémagog;
  • Be a member of the Caisse Desjardins du Lac-Memphrémagog or be willing to become one.

 For the Employers

This program’s success depends on the participation of businesses and organizations that agree to hire a young person (14-18 years old) with no work experience.

  • Boost business growth potential by receiving funding to hire an employee during the summer period;
  • Foster visibility and goodwill by demonstrating social involvement with youth;
  • Participate in the socio-professional integration of youth in the region;
  • Enable on-the-job training;
  • Discourage the out-migration of youth.

Participating organizations commit themselves to respect the objectives of this program. By participating, your organization agrees to:

  • Create a 180-hour summer job for a youth aged 14-18;
  • Provide a minimum of 30 hours of work per week for at least 6 weeks (hours worked beyond 180 hours will be remunerated at the employer’s expense);
  • Pay a minimum wage or more to the employee (the project reimburses 50% of the current minimum wage);
  • Train the young person according to the requirements of the company and if the needs of the company allow, offer to keep his/her part-time employment during the school year;
  • Ensure that the young employee evolves in a healthy environment within the company in a stimulating framework, offering him a period of integration and observation in order to facilitate his learning;
  • Treat the young employee the same way that all other employees are treated, in order to provide a realistic workplace experience.

Eligibility Criteria for Employers – 2019 

  • Be a member of the Caisse Desjardins du Lac-Memphrémagog;
  • Employ a student with no previous work experience for a period of 180 hours (during the summer), and pay a minimum salary;
  • Define the student’s duties, supervise and provide the necessary training for the position offered;
  • Ensure administrative responsibilities.

If you are a young person looking for your first summer job or an employer who is open to hiring a student with no work experience, contact us to learn more about the Program.

Each summer, 15 employers receive a wage subsidy as part of this project.

Congratulations to the 15 participants and employers for the summer of 2019!


For information, contact: 

MANON PARADIS, School-Work Balance Agent and Career Counsellor

819 843-3007 ext. 225