The Government of Canada helps young people in Roberval improve their employability



    ROBERVAL, QC, June 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Government of Canada will contribute
funding to the Idéaux Travail Corporation to help twenty young people in
Roberval County improve their employability. Denis Lebel, Member of Parliament
for Roberval-Lac-Saint-Jean, made the announcement today on behalf of the
Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development.
    "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 work experience will permit these young participants to acquire
knowledge and improve their employability skills, which will help them
integrate into the labour market."
    The more than $167,000 in funding for the Idéaux Travail Corporation will
help 20 young people between the ages of 16 and 30 who face barriers to
employment acquire their first hands-on work experience in their field of
study. The participants will work within a business in the sector, which will
help them integrate into the work force. The Corporation's mission is to carry
out projects that help young people stay in their communities and find
employment.
    Two groups, with a total of 20 participants, will take part in the Idéaux
Travail Corporation's 26-week project. They will also participate in three
weeks of job-search workshop activities. Through this project, young people
will also have the opportunity to establish contacts that will be useful for
their professional future.
    Service Canada is funding this project through its Skills Link program, a
component of the Youth Employment Strategy, which helps young people 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
can access however they choose-by phone at 1 800 O-Canada, on the Internet at
servicecanada.gc.ca, or in person at Service Canada Centres across the
country.

    
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                                 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
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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