Government of Canada helps Saint-Jérôme youth prepare for jobs

SAINT-JÉRÔME, QC, March 16 /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 an employment project. Mr. Jacques Gourde, 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 environment, it is more important than ever that youth develop the skills they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Gourde. "By supporting this project, we are helping Saint-Jérôme youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

The Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Rivière-du-Nord will receive $99,872 in federal Skills Link funding to support its project entitled Mise en mouvement, which will help eight youth who face employment barriers to develop life and job skills that will ease their transition to work or return to school.

Skills Link focuses on helping youth who face 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 is important to offer young people individualized services so that they can integrate into the workforce and improve their quality of life," said Ms. Claudine Richer, Youth Intervention Worker at the Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Rivière-du-Nord. "This project will enable eight young people from the region to benefit from an intervention environment, through a concrete, experience- and action-based program, in which they can develop the skills they need to facilitate their efforts toward social and professional integration into the community."

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 get jobs 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, visit www.servicecanada.gc.ca, call 1 800 O-Canada 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 Rivière-du-Nord provides services that improve the living conditions of young adults between the ages of 16 and 35 by assisting them in their social and professional integration, so that they can become active in the community. From February 22 to September 17, 2010, the organization will enable eight young people who face barriers to employment to attend personal development and employability workshops, in order to acquire the skills they need to make a successful transition to the job market.

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, to 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 support and services that can help them find and keep a job.

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; Pascal Doucet, Media Relations, Service Canada, (514) 982-2384, ext. 2209


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