COURTENAY, BC, May 30, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada announced
funding to support recent graduates in Comox Valley and Campbell River
to help them gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to
enter and succeed in the job market. The announcement was made by the
Honourable John Duncan, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island
North, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human
Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity," said Mr. Duncan. "The Government of Canada's
Youth Employment Strategy is helping youth develop the skills and gain
the experience they need to get jobs now and prepare for the workforce
The Comox Valley Art Gallery is receiving $40,000 from the Career Focus
program to help recent graduates gain on-the-job experience and apply
the skills acquired through education to ease the transition to work.
Career Focus is part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment
The Comox Valley Art Gallery will hire two interns for a 10-month
period. Following orientation, the Education and Outreach Coordinator
will serve the larger community by developing programs, organizing
events and helping to raise funds. The Community Engagement Coordinator
will develop innovative programming to attract and engage new and
culturally diverse audiences to the gallery.
"The Comox Valley Art Gallery is pleased to host a Career Focus project
in the coming year, thanks to funding from the Government of Canada,"
said Sharon Karsten, Executive Director, Comox Valley Art Gallery. "The
participants will gain valuable skills in cultural management and
administration, while contributing to the gallery's growth and
With annual funding of approximately $300 million, 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
Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes an additional investment of $70
million over three years to create 5 000 more paid internships. This is
further to the extra $50 million that was invested through Economic
Action Plan 2012 to enhance YES with a new initiative that connects
young Canadians with jobs that are in high demand and helps them
develop tangible skills and gain work experience.
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 Government of Canada is helping youth plan their careers, learn new
skills and find jobs through enhanced online services available at youth.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, which is part of YES, helps youth facing barriers to employment,
including youth who are single parents, youth with disabilities, young
newcomers 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, please visit youth.gc.ca.
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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