Grow your own lifestyle

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

What is upNext?

upNext is a three week digital skills development program that offers young adults in Durham the opportunity to get real world experience among many other skills. It’s aim is to help improve participants chances of getting a job or starting their own business.

Dates: May 15 – June 6, 2017

In 2015 the Town of Ajax brought forward a pilot program, called upNext Ajax, and implemented a second session in 2016. The collaborative program included a combination of workshops for young adults, opportunities to gain digital media training with hands-on experience, and networking and collaboration opportunities between participants and business leaders. This approach allowed the young adults to develop, improve and document their skills to assist them when applying for work in their field of choice or for exploring entrepreneurship and their own business. 

A pilot program initiated by The Town of Ajax in 2015,  The Business Advisory Centre Durham Inc took over the program.

2017 upNext Registrations are Now Open!

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?
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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 three week period (May 15-June 6), 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 BACD and Sponsors 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 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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