CRESTON, BC, July 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is providing
support for youth in Creston to help them gain the skills, knowledge
and experience they need to enter and succeed in the job market. The
announcement was made by David Wilks, Member of Parliament for
Kootenay-Columbia, 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. Wilks. "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 Kootenay Employment Services Society is receiving more than $90,000
from the Skills Link program to help youth overcome barriers to
employment. Skills Link is part of the Government of Canada's Youth
Employment Strategy (YES).
Through workshops and activities, participants will gain life and job
skills related to conflict resolution, problem solving and goal
setting. They will also improve their skills and knowledge in the areas
of customer service, communication and résumé preparation to help them
transition into the workplace. Based on their personal development
plan, youth will also benefit from on-the-job experience with local
employers in various sectors such as retail, tourism and agriculture.
"This project will help at-risk youth in the Creston Valley to make a
successful transition from school to the workforce," said Heidi
Bjarnason, Manager of Finance & Operations, Kootenay Employment
Services Society. "The program is in its eighth year in Creston and
continues to have a positive impact on our rural community. We are very
grateful for this funding from the Government of Canada."
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
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 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 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, 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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