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I’m young. You’re smart. Hire me.

The Game Changer Action Plan is a private-sector driven initiative to keep young talent in Nova Scotia.

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Net Outmigration by Age Group 1995-2014

Every year, Nova Scotia sees a net loss of 1,300 young people between the ages of 20-29, taking their vision, talent, energy, income, and drive with them. Youth retention is one of our greatest challenges and best opportunities for long-term economic growth.


Game Changers

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    How do you plan for the future if hiring youth isn't part of your business model?

    Businesses know creating a strong brand around their product or service is critical to defining their unique selling proposition to reach their customers. But has your business ever considered the importance of creating a brand strategy for hiring youth?

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    Immigration is not only about population growth, but creating a talent pool that fuels the economy.

    Dubbed Canada's International University, Saint Mary's is a leader in Nova Scotia and Canada in recruiting international students into its academic programs. With the highest percentage of international students of any university in Canada, Saint Mary's welcomes students from more than 119 countries world wide.

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    The best opportunities come from new grads.

    One tweet and ten minutes later, ClearPicture had met their newest hire, Jacqui Dean, a young marketing and communications professional who recently moved to Halifax from Australia.

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    It's about seeing beyond 3 to 5 years and thinking about 10 to 15 years.

    By working to connect businesses with students, Dalhousie’s co-op, corporate residency and internship programs help to solve short-term talent needs while giving students work experience and professional contacts in Halifax.

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    Give them the opportunity to see through their ideas. You'd be surprised what can happen.

    With 90% of their workforce under the age of 30, Affinio is creating a work culture that not only attracts young talent but retains it.

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    Beaumont & Co.

    Retaining the thousands of international students who study here, would be huge for Halifax.

    Founded by two young entrepreneurs, Sean and James Court, Beaumont & Co. is a custom exhibit and display manufacturer and distributor and a Game Changers Best Youth Employer winner.

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    NSCC - Oceans Tech

    We train these grads just as industry did in the past.

    Thousands of new graduates complete their studies in Halifax each spring and fall, walking away with degrees and excellent theoretical knowledge, but they don’t always have the on-the-job skills that are needed. Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) is working to bridge this gap.

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    NTT data

    The new ideas, energy, and creativity are well worth the investment.

    With 800 employees in Halifax and steady growth each year, NTT DATA is living proof that hiring new graduates is good for business. NTT DATA has been ranked as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People in 2016.

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    Everything they do helps our company grow and expand.

    Every student hopes to find a co-op placement or internship that leads to full-time, permanent work. For Pierre, this hope is his reality.

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    I teach recent grads how to create a network and expand it.

    Super Connector Award winner, Natalie Irwin, became a Connector in December 2014 and met with five Connectees and has consistently referred participants to contacts in her network.

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    CBCL Limited

    If you want to find a career in Halifax, the Connector Program is a great opportunity.

    A Game Changers Award winner for best Connector Organization, CBCL has helped connect new graduates with many engineering contacts and industry networks.

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    Grant THorNToN

    At Grant Thornton, we have a culture that is vibrant, evolving and changing.

    Consistently ranked at the top of their industry for Best Workplaces in Canada and a Game Changers Best Youth Employer Award winner, they believe passionately in hiring and retaining youth.

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Hiring youth pays off. Hiring young talent not only helps them gain professional experience, but helps your business and our city grow.

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Offering experiential learning opportunities to students and graduates is a low-cost, low-risk opportunity for your business to explore new talent.

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Gain access to prequalified talent while helping youth build their professional networks and break into the labour force.

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Be a Game Changer.

We need to close the gap and stop our youth from leaving. In Game Changers, every business has a role to play. 

Learn more in our new Game Changers Guide to Hiring Youth. It has the information and resources you need to HIRE young professionals, provide EXPERIENCE through experiential learning opportunities and CONNECT young people to local professional networks and career opportunities in their fields. 

Download the Guide

Our city has a wealth of young talent - local and international graduates and young professionals with drive and enthusiasm who can make an incredible impact on your business. We need to help our youth thrive and succeed so they can put down roots here.


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