LINDSAY, ON, May 13, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada announced new
funding to support recent graduates in Lindsay to help them gain the
skills, knowledge and experience they need to enter and succeed in the
job market. The announcement was made by Barry Devolin, Member of
Parliament for Haliburton- Kawartha Lakes-Brock, on behalf of the
Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity," said Mr. Devolin. "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 Gamiing Nature Centre is receiving over $45,000 from the Career
Focus program to help recent graduates gain on-the-job experience and
apply the skills acquired through education to ease the transition to
work. Career Focus is part of the Government of Canada's Youth
Employment Strategy (YES).
As recent post-secondary graduates, the participants will receive paid
internships at the Gamiing Nature Centre in the fields of outdoor
education, environmental studies and forestry. Interns will develop and
deliver educational programming, conduct workshops and gain hands-on
experience through various activities related to ecosystem management.
The experience they gain will allow them to better transition into the
"The Gamiing Nature Centre thanks the Government of Canada for its
support," said Mieke Schipper, Volunteer Executive Director for the
Gamiing Nature Centre. "The funding will offer graduating students
internships to gain practical experience in their chosen field. In
return, Gamiing will offer programs to help the community better
understand environmental issues."
With annual funding 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 2013 proposes an additional investment of $70
million over three years to support 5 000 more paid internships. This
is further to the extra $50 million that was invested through Economic
Action Plan 2012 to enhance YES with a new initiative that connects
young Canadians with jobs that are in high demand and helps 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.
Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes new measures to connect Canadians
with available jobs and equip them with the skills and training they
need. These include the Canada Job Grant, creating opportunities for
apprentices and providing support to under-represented groups such as
people with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples, newcomers and youth.
The Youth Employment Strategy is the Government of Canada's commitment to help youth make a
successful transition to the workplace.
Skills Link, which is part of YES, helps youth facing barriers to employment,
including youth who are single parents, youth with disabilities, young
newcomers 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.
For more information about these initiatives, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Canada's Economic Action Plan
For further information:
Office of Minister Finley
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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