COSSurrey: The City of Surrey has been selected as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People for 2017. Canada’s Top Employers for Young People competition has been identifying the best employers when it comes to attracting and retaining young workers since 2002.

“We take great pride and are firmly committed in ensuring young people are provided with meaningful opportunities to make a positive transition to the work world,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “With one third of the population of Surrey under the age of 19, it’s a smart strategy for the future of our City to help new talent learn, grow and progress as they embark on their careers.”

The City of Surrey has been recognized for its efforts in developing young people within the organization and helping them build and advance their careers. Highlights include:

• The development of a 2-year Emerging Leaders program to provide high potential employees with education, work experience and self-development opportunities

• The creation of the Future Leaders Program to help young people between the ages of 14 and 21 develop the relevant skills and knowledge to become successful recreation leaders — at the end of the 8-week program, participants receive a reference letter and certification for their resume

• In support of students working to towards their high school diploma, the City of Surrey partners with Surrey Schools to provide mentoring opportunities with employees — additionally, the City offers practicum opportunities for students that attend local colleges and universities

The City of Surrey joins Calgary and the York Region as the only municipalities to be named among the Top Employers for Young People.