WINNIPEG, May 13, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is providing
support for youth in Winnipeg to help them gain the skills, knowledge
and experience they need to enter and succeed in the job market. The
announcement was made by Shelly Glover, Member of Parliament for Saint
Boniface, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human
Resources and Skills Development.
"I am so proud to be a part of a Government that supports and invests in
our youth," said Ms. Glover. "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 of
The YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg is receiving more than $89,000 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).
"Our organization is very appreciative of the Government of Canada's
ongoing support," said Kent Paterson, CEO of the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg.
"We believe assisting young people to enter into the workforce benefits
all Winnipeggers, Manitobans, and Canadians, and enables us to do our
part in strengthening the foundations of community."
Participants will develop life and job skills through workshops on
topics such as effective communication, résumé writing and preparing
for interviews. They will also benefit from work experience with the
organization in customer service, hospitality or child care.
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.
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This news release is available online at: 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, 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 Development Canada
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