KELOWNA, BC, March 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Young people with disabilities are
learning about employment opportunities and connecting with employers
at the Strategies to Employment Forum being held here today with the
support of the Government of Canada. On behalf of the Honourable Diane
Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, the
Honourable Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country,
recognized the work of the National Educational Association of Disabled
Students (NEADS), host of the event.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity. To address critical skills shortages, we must
ensure that everyone who wants to work has the opportunity," said
Mr. Cannan. "People with disabilities face particular challenges
entering the job market and that's why partnerships with organizations
such as the National Educational Association of Disabled Students are
In September 2012, NEADS received over $78,000 from the Youth Awareness
program to help youth with disabilities learn about educational and
career options through employment forums in Victoria, Vancouver and
NEADS' employment forums help post-secondary students and graduates with
disabilities access the information and resources they need to find
work. Participants can attend workshops to learn skills such as
conducting an effective job search, writing résumés and planning a
career. They also have the opportunity to network with potential
employers from the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. The
employment forums in Victoria and Vancouver have already taken place.
"The National Educational Association of Disabled Students is grateful
for the significant contribution the Government of Canada has provided
to our project in British Columbia," said Frank Smith, National
Coordinator, NEADS. "The events in Victoria and Vancouver resulted in
important learning opportunities to help post-secondary students and
graduates with disabilities in the province transition successfully
into the job market. We look forward to our Kelowna event."
Youth Awareness complements the Government of Canada's Youth Employment
Strategy (YES) that helps youth develop the skills and gain the
experience they need to get jobs now and prepare for the workforce of
tomorrow. Youth Awareness provides financial assistance for projects
designed to promote youth as the workforce of the future.
With annual funding of more than $300 million, YES helps youth,
particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career
information, develop employment 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.
Economic Action Plan 2012 provided an additional $50 million over two
years to enhance YES through a new initiative that will connect young
Canadians with jobs in high demand and help them develop tangible
skills and gain work experience.
The Government of Canada is helping youth plan their careers, learn new
skills and find jobs through enhanced online services available at youth.gc.ca.
Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada's broader
strategy to create an educated, skilled and flexible workforce. The
Government underscored its commitment to this strategy in Canada's
Economic Action Plan. A key component of the Plan is to create more and
better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development.
To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit actionplan.gc.ca.
The Youth Employment Strategy is the Government of Canada's commitment to help youth make a
successful transition to the workplace.
Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment, including youth who are
single parents, youth with disabilities and youth in rural and remote
areas, to develop the skills and gain the experience needed to find a
job or the confidence to return to school.
Career Focus provides funding to employers to hire young post-secondary graduates to
give them career-related work experience and help them acquire skills
to transition into the job market.
Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector
employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create
summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are
full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next
To learn more about Canada's Youth Employment Strategy and other youth
employment initiatives, visit youth.gc.ca.
In addition, Economic Action Plan 2012 is investing an additional
$30 million over three years in the Opportunities Fund to enable more
Canadians with disabilities to obtain work experience with small- and
medium-sized businesses. The investment will also help ensure that
employers are aware of the invaluable contribution persons with
disabilities can make to their business and the Canadian economy.
The Government also established the Panel on Labour Market Opportunities
for Persons with Disabilities which recently released its report, Rethinking DisAbility in the Private Sector. The report highlights actions employers can take to accommodate people
with disabilities in their workplaces, as well as the benefits for both
individuals and businesses.
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
For further information:
Office of Minister Finley
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills
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