Grow your own lifestyle

Discover the link between business and the next generation of digital talent

What is upNext?

upNext is a four week digital skills development programme that also offers young adults in Ajax the opportunity to get real-world experience. It’s aim is to help improve participants chances of getting a job or starting their own business.

A pilot program initiated by Ajax Council to create employment opportunities for youth.

2016 upNext Ajax Registrations are Now Closed! Program is in session.

Are you ready for upNext?

For Emerging Talent

Are you or is someone you know...
  • A young adult, age 18-24?
  • Graduated from College or University?
  • Unemployed or under-employed?
  • Need experience for your resume?
  • Looking for connections and introductions?
  • Learn More
Participant Application

For Durham Businesses

Does your business...
  • Call Durham Region home?
  • Need help with an online presence?
  • Want to take advantage of social media?
  • Help unemployed young adults?
  • Require talent?
  • Learn More
Business Application

What to Expect

Gain Experience

We connect aspiring digital talent with businesses that require assistance with their online presence to provide real world experience.


Get introduced to the business world of Durham Region and shake hands with the individuals that will help push your career in the right direction.

Industry Leaders

The upNext program is delivered by Durham Region heavy-weights in digital marketing, sales, finance, investments, communications, and public relations.

High Octane

Delivered in a four week period (June 1 through June 29), upNext is designed to get you in the digital game quickly and it packs a serious punch.

Passion in Mind

Created with the belief that with the right support and opportunities Durham Region can spur the next generation of best-in-class digital talent.

No Cost

Funded by the Town of Ajax and fuelled by the champions of change, upNext provides a high level crash course in digital marketing at no cost.

I have successfully been hired at the University of Toronto Press and I want to thank you for helping me start my career. I give huge credit to upNext Ajax for helping to achieve this goal. Employers are definitely interested in talent coming out of the program and are impressed with what is accomplished.


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