LÉVIS, QC, Feb. 23, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Government of Canada today
announced new funding to support youth in Lévis 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 Steven Blaney,
Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for
Lévis-Bellechasse, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister
of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government's top priority is creating jobs and economic growth,"
said Minister Blaney. "Our government'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 of tomorrow."
The Centre aide et prevention jeunesse de Lévis is receiving support
from the Skills Link program to help youth overcome barriers to
employment. The Skills Link program is part of the Government of
Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES).
Minister Blaney's announcement is one of a series taking place across
the country today. Minister Finley kicked off the nation-wide events
with a funding announcement for a youth employment project in Edmonton
to highlight the Government of Canada's investment in giving youth the
skills and experience they need to enter the workforce.
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.
Participants in the project will attend workshops on employability and
the development of functional independence. They will also be able to
acquire work experience through community service, in which they will
create a multimedia project for a local organization.
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 www.actionplan.gc.ca.
The Government of Canada is helping youth prepare for, find and maintain
meaningful employment 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, such as 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
offer 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
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