SASKATOON, SK, May 27, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is
providing support for youth in Saskatoon 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 Lynne Yelich,
Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification) and Member of
Parliament for Blackstrap, 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 Minister Yelich. "Our 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 Saskatchewan Abilities Council is receiving more than $145,000 from
the Skills Link program to help youth overcome barriers to employment.
Skills Link is part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment
Based on personal development plans, participants will benefit from
on-the-job experience tailored to their strengths and individual
coaching from employers in the community.
"The Saskatchewan Abilities Council, Saskatoon Branch, thanks the
Government of Canada for funding the Choices Youth project once again",
said Janine Baumann, Program Manager, Saskatoon Branch. "The funding
is used to assist 25 at-risk youth overcome barriers to employment and
develop the skills and knowledge they need to transition to the labour
market or return to school. The Saskatchewan Abilities Council is
pleased to offer this service to help youth enhance their employment
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
peoples, 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: Canada's Economic Action Plan
For further information:
Office of Minister Finley
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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