LONDON, ON, July 10, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is providing
support for youth with disabilities in London to help them gain the
skills, knowledge and experience they need to enter and succeed in the
job market. The announcement was made by Susan Truppe, Member of
Parliament for London North Centre and Parliamentary Secretary for
Status of Women, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of
Human Resources and Skills Development.
"The government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity," said Ms. Truppe. "The Government of Canada's
Youth Employment Strategy is intended to help youth develop the skills
and gain the experience they need to get jobs now and prepare for the
workforce of tomorrow."
Hutton House is receiving more than $416,000 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).
Participants will gain valuable life and job skills through workshops on
topics such as problem solving, stress management, teamwork and
effective communication. In addition, they will gain on-the-job
experience in the service, retail or hospitality sectors.
"Thanks to funding from the Government of Canada, this project will
assist youth in obtaining job skills that will help them successfully
enter the workforce," said Karen Steinmann, Manager of Employment &
Training, Hutton House. "This project has had a positive impact on
youth to either secure employment or return to school."
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 Development Canada
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