KELOWNA, BC, March 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is
providing support for Okanagan 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 Ron Cannan, Member
of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country and Dan Albas, Member of
Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla, 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 Mr. Cannan. "The Government of Canada's
Youth Employment Strategy is helping youth develop the skills and gain
the experience they need to get jobs now and prepare for the workforce
The YMCA of Okanagan is receiving over $327,000 from the Skills Link
program to help youth overcome barriers to employment. Skills Link is
part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES).
"The project builds on the success of YMCA of Okanagan's past
activities, which help youth acquire life and job skills to ease their
transition to work," said Mr. Albas. "Today's youth are tomorrow's
workforce, so by investing in them we are helping contribute to
Canada's long-term growth, competitiveness and overall prosperity."
Participants will gain job skills through activities that focus on
topics such as information management, job search strategies, teamwork
and problem solving. Based on their needs and interests, youth will
also benefit from work placements with local employers in various
fields such as retail, food services and construction.
"The YMCA of Okanagan would like to recognize the Government of Canada
for their funding contribution for this project," said Sharon Peterson,
Chief Executive Officer, YMCA of Okanagan. "This project is designed to
provide fundamental and long-lasting life and employment skills for
at-risk youth in the Okanagan that enables them to be productive
members of society."
With an annual budget of more than $300 million, YES helps youth,
particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career
information, develop employment skills, find jobs and stay employed.
YES includes the Skills Link and Career Focus programs and the Canada
Summer Jobs initiative, which creates thousands of job opportunities
for students every summer.
Economic Action Plan 2012 provided an additional $50 million over two
years to enhance YES through a new initiative that will connect young
Canadians with jobs 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: Canada's Economic Action Plan
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of Minister Finley
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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