Government of Canada helps post-secondary graduates gain career-related
experience

SAINT-AGAPIT, QC, Oct. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The Carrefour jeunesse-emploi de Lotbinière will provide eight recent post-secondary graduates with the opportunity to enhance and develop their employment skills thanks to support from the Government of Canada. Mr. Jacques Gourde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services and to the Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Lotbinière-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"In today's economic environment, it is more important than ever that all Canadians develop the skills they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Gourde. "Our government is proud to support projects that offer post-secondary graduates the opportunity to develop the skills and gain experience that will help them reach their full potential in their chosen fields."

The Carrefour jeunesse-emploi de Lotbinière will receive $70,867 through the Career Focus program of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy. This funding will help eight recent post-secondary graduates apply the skills sets they acquired during their education.

"It is important to offer services tailored to youth so that they can enter the labour force and improve their quality of life," said Ms. Huguette Charest, Director of the Carrefour jeunesse-emploi de Lotbinière. "This project will enable eight youth in the region to receive support and guidance from a counsellor and gain valuable work experience."

The federal government is working with the provinces and territories and other stakeholders to make sure that Canadians get the training, skills and opportunities they need to participate in the workforce and contribute to the quality of life in their communities.

The Career Focus program 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 this commitment in January when it introduced 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 Career Focus 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.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

    
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The Carrefour jeunesse-emploi de Lotbinière is a community organization whose mission is to promote the economic and social integration of individuals aged 16 to 35 in the Lotbinière Regional County Municipality. Between August 3, 2009, and March 26, 2010, the organization will help eight recent post-secondary graduates overcome barriers to employment, more specifically living in rural or remote areas, by providing them with a work experience placement in their related field of study. The project will enable them to gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to participate in the current job market.

Career Focus is one of three programs under the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy that help young Canadians get the information, skills and work experience they need to make a successful transition to the workplace. By linking highly skilled, post-secondary youth with potential employers who can provide them with career-related work experiences, Career Focus helps young Canadians acquire advanced employment skills and facilitates their transition into the rapidly changing labour market. The other two programs under the Strategy are Skills Link and Summer Work Experience. More information is available at the following address: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/yi/yep/newprog/yesprograms.shtml.

SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada

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


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