OTTAWA, Nov. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of
State (Social Development), spoke to more than 40 youth about career
options in politics and government at a job shadowing event on
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity," said Minister Bergen. "The YOUth in Office Job
Shadowing Day on Parliament Hill will give young Canadians a window
into the working world and the opportunity to explore different job
opportunities in politics."
Youth aged 15 to 25, from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and Big
Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, will experience a typical workday for a
parliamentary assistant, communications director, policy advisor or
Member of Parliament.
"Today's youth are tomorrow's workforce, so by making them a priority we
are helping contribute to Canada's long-term growth, competitiveness
and overall prosperity," added Minister Bergen.
Through the Youth Employment Strategy (YES), the Government of Canada is
helping young people develop the skills and experience they need to get
jobs now and prepare for the workforce of tomorrow. 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. Since 2006, the Youth Employment Strategy has helped more
than 555 000 young people get jobs, and the Government continues to
invest in post-secondary education so it is accessible to all
Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada's
strategy to connect Canadians with available jobs. This includes the
Canada Job Grant, creating opportunities for apprentices and providing
support to under-represented groups such as people with disabilities,
youth, Aboriginal people and newcomers.
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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The Youth Employment Strategy (YES) is the Government of Canada's commitment to help youth make a
successful transition to the workplace. With annual funding of
approximately $300 million, YES helps youth - particularly those facing
barriers to employment - obtain career information, develop employment
skills, find jobs and stay employed.
Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment - including youth who are
single parents, youth with disabilities, young newcomers 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. Since 2006,
the Skills Link initiative has helped over 179 000 youth get jobs or
return to school.
Career Focus helps youth obtain the information, skills and experience they need to
make informed career decisions, find a job or further their education -
including providing career-related work experience. A new initiative
was recently announced to connect young Canadians with jobs in
high-demand fields, such as the skilled trades and the sciences, and
the Government of Canada is creating even more paid internships through
the Economic Action Plan. Since 2006, the Career Focus initiative has
helped over 26 000 youth acquire skills to help them transition into
the labour 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
school year. The deadline for Canada Summer Jobs has changed.
Applications will be available online beginning in December and must be
submitted before January 10, 2014.
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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