Youth Reboot Plus Program

Reboot Plus Program – Helping Youth Explore Career Paths

The Surrey Board of Trade is pleased to be a part of the REBOOT PLUS Program. Our goal is to help young people explore and develop career paths.  The Reboot Plus Program is looking for professionals willing to give 30 – 60 minutes of their time to provide career insights and ideas to young people so that they can explore and develop their career plans.

This innovative program is designed for youth 17 to 24 who have not finished or are not on track to graduate high school. This first-of-its-kind program in Canada will help these youth re-engage in both education and career development.

How You Can Participate. We need business professionals to volunteer for informational interviews

Among other things, the program looks to connect student participants with business professionals to have an informational interview where they can ask questions and explore what different businesses and careers are really like.

The meetings will last for 30 to 60 minutes, and the student will help guide the discussion to help them learn about different career paths they may wish to pursue.  Following the interview, the Program Team will follow-up with the professional to obtain any feedback you may have on the youth participant and on the process.

Where possible, the Program hopes that professionals will encourage other contacts in your network to participate in the project, or potentially refer the student directly to others who can provide further informational interviews. Ideally, each interview will lead to at least two further contacts per participant.

Want to Help Out? Want More Information?

Helena Glackin
International and Workforce Coordinator
Phone: 604-634-0346

SURREY EDUCATION NEWS: Innovative High School Completion and Career Re-engagement Program Announced for Surrey

Surrey has joined with other Metro Vancouver municipalities in offering an alternative path to students who are not on track to graduate from high school. Launched in 2019 in Burnaby, New Westminster and Maple Ridge, the Reboot Plus program  recruits students identified by teachers and counsellors as unlikely to graduate and works to re-engage them in education and skills development by supporting them to explore their interests and abilities and matching careers. During the first year, 15+ Surrey-based students will be chosen to take part.

“The Surrey Board of Trade is honoured to participate in the Reboot Plus program, as part of our workforce development portfolio. This results-driven project will link at-risk youth with employers who need skilled employees and are actively embracing strategies to better support youth at risk,” says Anita Huberman, President & CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.

Students enrolled in the program become students at Douglas College (they receive student cards and have full access to the college). The program provides specific training and skills development through workshops and classroom activities, while also matching each student with four to seven professionals working in careers of interest identified by the students. To date, more than 60 students from other municipalities have joined the program and nearly 200 professionals, ranging from auto mechanics to health care workers, to game designers, to engineers, have volunteered their time.

The goal of the program is to support these youth to explore and develop a comprehensive and meaningful education and career action plan. Through workshops at Douglas College, and research and consultations with employers and professionals, students develop a clear vision of what education and other steps are required to achieve their career goals.

The program is a project of the Douglas College Training Group, Surrey Board of Trade and PEERS Employment and Education Resources and is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre. The project is also a research project and is one of 30 such projects across the country funded by FSC to test approaches and training interventions that prepare Canadians for the workforce.

The Reboot Plus project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre.

For more information:
Anita Huberman, President & CEO