OTTAWA, July 8, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of
Human Resources and Skills Development, today congratulated the
Canadian participants and medallists at the WorldSkills Competition
held in Leipzig, Germany, last week. The WorldSkills Competition is a
biennial event that showcases the abilities of hundreds of skilled
young workers from around the world in various trades, technology and
Over 1000 participants, including 35 members of Team Canada, competed
for medals at the event. Team Canada won a gold medal in the Heating
and Refrigeration category, as well as 14 Medallions of Excellence.
"Team Canada has proven that Canadians have what it takes to excel in
the rapidly growing trades, technology and service industries. I am
personally very proud of these young people who have represented our
country so well on the international stage," said Minister Finley.
"Today's youth are tomorrow's workforce. Our government's investment in
skills development for young people contributes to Canada's long-term
growth and overall prosperity."
The Government of Canada is helping young Canadians by offering grants,
tax credits and support for training programs such as apprenticeships
so that they can gain the skills and experience they need to enter and
succeed in the job market.
Skills/Compétences Canada coordinates annual skills competitions and
selects and prepares competitors for the WorldSkills Competition. The
Government of Canada is a strong supporter of Skills/Compétences Canada
and its provincial and territorial chapters, providing $8.7 million in
funding over three years.
"Skills competitions are an exceptional showcase for talented young
competitors, and they inspire other young people to explore careers in
these high-demand fields," added Minister Finley.
To learn more about Canada's Youth Employment Strategy and other youth
employment initiatives, visit youth.gc.ca.
Government of Canada Youth Employment Programs
With annual funding of approximately $300 million, the Youth Employment
Strategy (YES) helps youth—particularly those facing barriers to
employment—obtain career information, develop skills, find jobs and
stay employed. YES includes the Skills Link and Career Focus programs
and the Canada Summer Jobs initiative, which creates thousands of job
opportunities for students every summer.
In addition to existing funding, Economic Action Plan 2012 invested an
extra $50 million to enhance YES with a new initiative that connects
young Canadians with jobs in high demand and helps them develop
tangible skills and gain work experience. Economic Action Plan 2013
proposes an additional investment of $70 million over three years to
create 5 000 more paid internships. Youth employment programs are part
of the Government of Canada's broader strategy to connect Canadians
with available jobs. Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes new measures to
equip Canadians with the skills and training they need. These include
the Canada Job Grant, creating opportunities for apprentices and
providing support to under-represented groups such as people with
disabilities, Aboriginal people, newcomers and youth. To learn more
about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit actionplan.gc.ca.
The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant and Apprenticeship Completion Grant
are taxable cash grants which encourage Canadians to pursue and
complete apprenticeship training in designated Red Seal trades. As a
result of these grants, apprentices could be eligible to receive up to
$4,000, which can be used to pay for tuition, tools or other expenses.
To date, the Government of Canada has issued over a half-billion
dollars in apprenticeship grants for Canadians.
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
For further information:
Office of Minister Finley
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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