Government of Canada helps youth in Vallée-du-Richelieu prepare for jobs

MONT SAINT-HILAIRE, QC, June 2 /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. Senator Claude Carignan 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 Senator Carignan. "By supporting this project, we are helping youth in the Vallée-du-Richelieu develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

The Corporation Aide et Intégration Jeunesse au Travail de la Vallée-du-Richelieu will receive $129,849 in federal Skills Link funding to support its project entitled Penser et dépenser. This project will help 11 youth facing employment barriers develop life and job skills to ease their transition to work or return to school.

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.

"Giving youth the chance to grow while learning is one of the focuses of the Penser et dépenser project," said Mr. Daniel Vermeersch, Executive Director of the Corporation Aide et Intégration Jeunesse au Travail de la Vallée-du-Richelieu. "In addition to making the most of their strengths and assets, participants will develop new social and work skills through the production of a video aimed at raising awareness among youth about spending and managing their budgets."

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.

Through the 2010 "Jobs and Growth Budget," the Government of Canada committed an additional $60 million to the Skills Link and Career Focus programs. This additional one-time investment will enable more young Canadians to gain the experience and skills they need to successfully participate in the labour market while the economy recovers.

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 mission of the Corporation Aide et Intégration Jeunesse au Travail de la Vallée-du-Richelieu is to foster the integration of young adults between 16 and 35 years of age into the labour market, by offering them the training and preparation they need to acquire skills that will help develop their independence and job stability. Between May 17 and October 29, 2010, the organization will help 11 youth facing barriers to employment gain the skills and experience they need to make the transition to the labour market or return to school.

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.

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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