BEST Program

Building Employment Skills for Today’s Youth (BEST) Program, is a 10 day (50 hour) course where young adults ages 18-29 receiving Employment and Income Assistance benefits will learn soft skills they need to succeed in employment. Soft skills, like conflict resolution and stress management, are things we forget about when supporting young people looking for a job. These skills are actually an important part to maintaining employment!  

The BEST Program focuses on soft skills and traditional employment skills such as digital literacy and workplace advocacy to ensure a smooth transition from income assistance to employment.  You will also complete workshops with agencies that offer a variety of free supports to young adults.  

After getting in contact with the BEST Program Specialist, you will be booked for a 1 hour appointment to discuss the barriers and challenges you experience while finding work. Don’t worry, this is not a test – we just want to know how BEST can help you and if it is the right fit! 

During the BEST Program, you will receive bus fare and a daily lunch. All classroom supplies are provided, too! Class runs Monday-Friday from 9:30-3:30 with an hour break for lunch. 

After finishing the BEST Program, you will receive a certificate of completion and an honorarium. You will be also connected to a YES Manitoba staff member to search for work that you will enjoy. Ongoing support will ensure that you are successful in the way that suits you BEST! 

The BEST Program covers the following topics: 

  • SMART Goal Setting 
  • Digital Literacy 
  • Budgeting 
  • Debt, Credit, and Banking 
  • Service Navigation 
  • Conflict Resolution 
  • Stress Management 
  • Mental Wellness in the Workplace 
  • Workplace Rights, Responsibilities, and Advocacy 
  • And more!  


If you are interested in the BEST Program, contact for more information and to find out when the next class begins!  

EIA case managers can refer clients to the BEST Program by emailing with the potential client’s full name, case number, and contact information.