Government of Canada helps Montréal youth prepare for jobs



    MONTREAL, Aug. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Local youth who face barriers to
employment will get job preparation training and work experience through the
Government of Canada's support for a local employment project. The Honourable
Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, made the
announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human
Resources and Skills Development.
    "In today's environment, it is more important than ever that all
Canadians develop the skills needed to participate and succeed in the job
market," said Minister Paradis. "By supporting this project, we are helping
Montréal youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to
reach their full potential."
    The Groupe communautaire L'Itinéraire will receive $342,318 in federal
Skills Link funding to support a project that will help 24 youth facing
employment barriers develop life and job skills to ease their transition to
work or return to school.
    "It is important to offer services adapted to youth so that they can
integrate into the active population and improve their quality of life," said
Mr. Serge Lareault, Executive Director of the Groupe communautaire
L'Itinéraire. "While they attend workshops to develop job skills, the project
will enable participants to produce video capsules on current topics affecting
youth, thereby making the public aware of the issues they face."
    Skills Link focuses on helping youth facing barriers to employment, such
as single parents, Aboriginal youth, young persons with disabilities, recent
immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas and youth who have dropped
out of high school.
    The federal government is working with the provinces and territories,
community organizations and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the
training, skills and opportunities they need to participate in the workforce
and contribute to their communities.
    Skills Link is part of the Government of Canada's strategy to create the
best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world. 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 www.actionplan.gc.ca.
    The Skills Link program is delivered by Service Canada, which provides
one-stop personalized services for Government of Canada programs, services and
benefits. For more information about this program, call 1-800-O-Canada, visit
servicecanada.gc.ca or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.
    
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    The Groupe communautaire L'Itinéraire is a not-for-profit organization
whose mission is to increase the autonomy, knowledge and creativity of people
facing marginalization and homelessness in the Montréal area. Between August
31, 2009, and August 5, 2011, the organization will deliver a project that
will help 24 youth facing barriers to employment create audio-visual
productions that will inform the general population of youth-related topics.
The project will help the participants gain life and employability skills to
help them return to school or gain work experience.
    As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, the
Skills Link program is one of three programs that help young Canadians,
particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information,
develop skills, gain work experience, find good jobs and stay employed. The
other two programs are Summer Work Experience and Career Focus.
    Skills Link focuses on helping youth facing barriers to employment, such
as single parents, Aboriginal youth, young persons with disabilities, recent
immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas and youth who have dropped
out of high school. It offers a client-centred approach based on assessing an
individual's specific needs. The program supports youth in developing basic
and advanced employment skills. Eligible participants between 15 and 30 years
of age-who are not receiving Employment Insurance benefits-are assisted
through a coordinated approach, offering longer-term supports and services
that can help them find and keep a job.




For further information:

For further information: (media only): Michelle Bakos, Press Secretary,
Office of Minister Finley, (819) 994-2482; Media Relations Office, Human
Resources and Skills Development Canada, (819) 994-5559; This news release is
available in alternative formats upon request.


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