ANTIGONISH, NS, March 2, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is
providing support for Nova Scotia youth 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 Peter MacKay,
Minister of National Defence, and Member of Parliament for Central
Nova, 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 MacKay. "Our government's efforts
are helping Nova Scotian youth develop the skills and gain the
experience they need to find jobs and prepare for the workforce of
Minister MacKay announced the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Education and
Development (CEED) is receiving over $190,000 from the Skills Link
program for two projects to help youth overcome barriers to employment.
Skills Link is part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment
In Antigonish, youth learn about workplace etiquette as part of their
coaching sessions. They also gain work experience through job
placements with local employers in the retail, food service or
Participants in CEED's Halifax project will attend workshops on a
variety of topics, such as customer service and entrepreneurship, and
gain experience by lending a hand to community initiatives. They will
also be mentored on creating business plans so they can explore
opportunities for self-employment.
"We are very pleased to be working with our partners, including the
Government of Canada, to deliver essential programming that supports
our youth in areas throughout Nova Scotia," said Heather Spidell,
President and Chief Executive Officer of CEED. "These projects offer a
hands-on, community-based approach, providing participants with better
access to the workforce, and the resources and skills they need to
build a brighter future and become meaningful contributors to their
Economic Action Plan 2012 is providing an additional $50 million over
two years to enhance YES through a new initiative that will connect
young Canadians with jobs that are in high demand and help them develop
tangible skills and gain work experience.
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 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 Peter MacKay
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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