Youth employment program offers training for ages 15 to 30

Parkland College is running another session of the Youth Employment & Skills Strategy (YESS) program this fall. Introduced last year, the initiative is designed to help youth between 15 and 30 years of age train for their future and secure employment.

Participants receive advanced Essential Skills training, life skills/soft skills, and employment readiness. Students are mentored throughout the program and given on-the-job training opportunities. They also acquire industry certifications including First Aid/CPR, Food Safety, Serve It Right, STEC Customer Service, Mental Health First Aid, and more.

The Fall 2021 program runs from Sept. 13 to Dec. 3. Classes are scheduled Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Parkland College Main Campus in Yorkton.

Students must pre-register. Intake is underway.


To register, or for more information, please contact the Essential Skills team:
Amanda Reeve
306.786.7341
[email protected]

Masks now optional at Parkland College campuses, training locations

As of Monday, July 19, masks/face coverings are no longer mandatory at Parkland College campuses and training locations.

Staff, learners, and visitors may still wear a mask if they so choose, and the College will support that choice.

Although physical distancing is also not required, please allow for comfortable spacing and avoid crowding to help provide a gradual transition to the new normal.

Please note that broker institutions and/or community partners may not have the same protocols as Parkland College does. When visiting other organizations, staff and students are asked to comply with the host’s expectations.

Like other post-secondary institutions, Parkland College is committed to doing its part to fight the spread of COVID-19 and to help keep our communities safe. Vaccines are not mandatory at the College, but students, staff, and visitors are encouraged to get fully vaccinated to help Protect the Parkland.

As the summer progresses, Parkland College’s Safety Department will monitor campuses, collaborate with partner institutions, and follow case numbers in our region. The College will announce further changes and updates, if required, before the start of the 2021-22 academic year.

Parkland College lifts many COVID-19 restrictions, but masks remain mandatory

On Sunday, July 11, the Government of Saskatchewan lifted all COVID-19 public health restrictions across the province. However, Parkland College is taking a conservative approach in its return-to-campus plan in order to best serve the college community.

Masks must still be worn indoors at all Parkland College campus and training locations. Summer programs and courses will trial alternatives as the College gradually works toward the removal of this requirement.

Physical distancing is no longer required at the College, but efforts will be made to create comfortable spacing and avoid overcrowding.

Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting will continue in high traffic areas, and common spaces (such as student lounges, study areas, lunch rooms, etc.) will gradually re-open.

Hand sanitizer will remain readily available at all locations. Staff and students are asked to follow proper hand hygiene and coughing/sneezing etiquette, and to stay home if they are not feeling well.

And the College encourages all students, staff, and visitors to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Parkland College, like other organizations, relies on a successful vaccine rollout to return to full campus activity in the fall. We are getting closer to this goal, and you can help us get there by getting fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

As the summer progresses, Parkland College’s Safety Department will monitor campuses, collaborate with partner institutions, and follow case numbers in our region. The College will announce further changes and updates, if required, before the start of the 2021-22 academic year.

Click here to see Parkland College’s COVID-19 information and updates.

Protect The Parkland: get your COVID-19 vaccine

Saskatchewan’s post-secondary institutions are united in doing our part to fight the spread of COVID-19 and to help keep our communities safe. Now, every one of us can do one more, simple thing: get vaccinated.

All approved COVID-19 vaccines are safe, proven, and effective ways to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

Parkland College, like other organizations, relies on a successful vaccine rollout to return to full campus activity in the fall. We are getting closer to this goal, and you can help us get there by getting fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

This is why we have launched Protect The Parkland – a campaign encouraging students, staff, and our communities to get their COVID-19 vaccine. From now until the end of August, you can win some great Parkland College prizes just by sharing your vaccine story with us. Tag us in your posts on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter (@CollegeofChoice) and use #ProtectTheParkland to be entered to win.

Vaccines are not mandatory for students, staff, or anyone visiting our campuses. But we encourage you to do your part and help Protect The Parkland.