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A work experience and skills development program for young adults aged 20 – 30 that have completed some post-secondary training.

Program Overview

Launch is an MCG program that focuses on providing paid work experience opportunities and career and employment coaching to young adults struggling with the “I need experience to get a job – I need a job to get experience” cycle.  Launch works closely with local employers to provide supported work experience placements allowing the participants to acquire and enhance their skills, overcome barriers to employment and receive job retention support.


Launch offers each program participant:

  • Individualized one-on-one career and employment coaching
  • Job search skills development
  • Up to 12 weeks of paid work experience
  • Development of an individualized action plan
  • Job retention support after a job has been obtained to enhance participant success
  • Access to a Resource Area including computer work stations, job board, and resource library
  • Training salary for time spent in coaching/workshop sessions

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Between the ages of 20 and 30
  • Unemployed and having difficulty finding employment due to a lack of career focus or relevant experience for at least six months
  • Have completed high school (diploma or GED) and have some post-secondary training (college, university, or trade)
  • Wanting to obtain full-time employment

Program Highlights:

  • Designed to help young adults obtain work experience and employment
  • Earn while you learn. Paid for training and work experience hours
  • Offered at no cost


  • Approximately 12 – 14 weeks


  • Continuous

Industries of Employment/Employers in Entry Level Positions:

  • Manufacturing
  • Sales
  • Retail/Customer Service
  • Hospitality/ Restaurant
  • Agrifoods
  • Social Assistance
  • Construction
  • Supply Chain
  • Early Learning/ Childcare

Job Opportunities:

  • Courier
  • Labourer
  • Warehouse Associate
  • Caregiver
  • Accounting/ Booking Associate
  • Receptionist
  • Animal Care Attendant
  • Help Desk Technician
  • Food Services Worker
  • Installation Technician
  • And many more!

Is this program the right option for me?

If you are between the ages of 20 and 30, have completed your high school diploma and at least one post-secondary course (college, university, or trades) and are struggling to find employment either due to a lack of work experience or lack of career focus, this program is a great option to consider.

Contact Information

P 587-335-3759 | F 403-995-3616
Address: Box 1216, Bay 3, 87 Elizabeth Street, Okotoks AB, T1S 1J9

Learn More

Interested in learning more about our Launch Program? Fill out your information on the form below, and one of our career counselors will contact you within 24 business hours.

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“I started out in near poverty and became a very successful entrepreneur only to end up losing it all and became homeless in this past year.  I came to the MCG Calgary Career and Employment Centre for assistance as I had never looked for a job and had no basis on where to start. With a lot of hard work and a ton of support from my new friends at MCG, I have not only been able to acquire a home but I also had multiple job offers within a few months. It all starts with hope which becomes belief and if you believe, truly believe it becomes faith and faith is definitive. Anyone can do it with the right help.”                 


Previous Calgary Career and Employment Services Client