Government of Canada supports youth internship program in Quebec



    CHARLESBOURG, QC, June 22 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of an employment project
supported by the Government of Canada, young Canadians in Charlesbourg facing
barriers to employment will receive assistance in developing skills that will
help them find and keep a quality job or go back to school. Mr. Daniel Petit,
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament
for Charlesbourg-Haute-Saint-Charles, 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 we
invest in our youth by helping them develop the skills needed to participate
and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Petit. "This internship program will
provide youth with an opportunity to gain knowledge and valuable skills,
allowing them to reach their full potential."
    In support of this youth program, the Government of Canada has allocated
$148,971 to the Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Charlesbourg-Chauveau as part of the
Skills Link program.
    "It is important to offer adapted services to youth so they can enter the
workforce and improve their quality of life," said Ms. Katia de
Pokomandy-Morin, Director General of the Carrefour jeunesse-emploi
Charlesbourg-Chauveau. "This project will enable 10 youth in the region to
benefit from a stakeholder's support and guidance and gain a significant
employment experience."

    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 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.
    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, call 1-800-O-Canada, go on
the Internet at servicecanada.gc.ca or visit your local Service Canada Centre.

    A backgrounder is attached.

    This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.


    BACKGROUNDER

    Between April 13, 2009, and December 4, 2009, the Carrefour
jeunesse-emploi Charlesbourg-Chauveau will complete an urban landscape project
that will include landscape development and citizenship activities. During
this project, 10 young people having difficulties entering the labour market
will have the opportunity to gain abilities and skills that will help them
find a job or go back to school.
    One day per week will be spent on citizenship activities that pertain to
group living and community life, as well as on skills training activities.
Activities will be undertaken in the two boroughs, which will provide some
diversity in the nature of the work to be completed, allowing these young
people to learn many new things.
    As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, the
Skills Link program is one of three Government of Canada 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.
    Skills Link focuses on helping youth facing barriers to employment,
including 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
meeting 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 long-term support and
services that can help them find and keep a job.




For further information:

For further information: media only: Michelle Bakos, Press Secretary,
Office of Minister Finley, (819) 994-2482; Pascal Doucet, Media Relations
Coordinator, Quebec Region, (514) 982-2384, extension 2209; Media Relations
Office, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, (819) 994-5559


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