The Government of Canada helps Dolbeau-Mistassini youth improve their employability



    DOLBEAU-MISTASSINI, QC, July 29 /CNW Telbec/ - Denis Lebel, Member of
Parliament for Roberval-Lac-Saint-Jean, on behalf of the Honourable Monte
Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced
funding for the Société de gestion environnementale (SGE) to help six young
people in the Maria-Chapdelaine regional county municipality improve their
employability.
    "The Government of Canada is committed to creating the best educated,
most skilled, and most flexible work force in the world," said Mr. Lebel.
"This professional experience will allow the young participants to contribute
to an environmental project that will benefit the entire community by
improving the area and restoring the historic fresco."
    More than $82,000 in funding for the SGE will permit six young people
between the ages of 16 and 30 to gain life and employability skills while
managing a green space as part of a community service project. The SGE is an
organization in Dolbeau-Mistassini that encourages the involvement of
community members from the Maria-Chapdelaine regional county municipality in
local environmental and social campaigns.
    Through this 24-week project, participants will gain a wide range of
knowledge and new skills that will help them join the work force. The
activities will also help participants improve their confidence and
self-esteem, listening skills, creativity, and ability to adapt quickly in
different situations.
    Service Canada is funding this project through its Skills Link program,
part of the Youth Employment Strategy, which helps youth facing barriers to
employment obtain the knowledge, skills, and experience they need to
participate in the work force.
    Skills Link is one of three Government of Canada employment programs for
youth. The two others are Summer Work Experience and Career Focus. These
programs offer a range of activities to meet each participant's needs.

    Service Canada brings Government of Canada services and benefits together
in a single delivery network. It provides Canadians with one-stop service they
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servicecanada.gc.ca, or in person at Service Canada Centres across the
country.

    A backgrounder is attached.

    
                                 Backgrounder

                                 Skills Link

    The Skills Link program is one of three Government of Canada programs that
help young Canadians (aged 15 to 30) obtain career information, develop
employability skills, gain work experience, find good jobs, and stay employed.
The two other programs are Summer Work Experience and Career Focus.
    Skills Link focuses on helping young people who face barriers to
employment. These young people include high school drop-outs, single parents,
Aboriginal youth, young people with disabilities, youth in rural areas, and
recent immigrants. Summer Work Experience helps secondary and post-secondary
students find summer jobs. Career Focus helps post-secondary graduates develop
advanced skills and find careers in their fields. All three programs provide a
range of activities that can be tailored to meet individual needs.
    Projects funded under the Skills Link program have been reviewed to ensure
compliance with the Department's administration of its grants and
contributions programs, and are subject to review under the Financial
Administration Act.
    




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