The Government of Canada helps young people in the Maskinongé regional county municipality improve their employability



    LOUISEVILLE, QC, Aug. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Government of Canada is
providing funding to the Société d'aide au développement des collectivités
(SADC) of the Maskinongé regional county municipality to help 24 young people
improve their employability. The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister responsible for the
Quebec Region, announced the funding 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 Minister
Cannon. "This work experience will allow the participants to benefit from the
guidance and supervision of their employers in a supportive work environment.
They will also be better equipped and capable of making wise choices about
their future."
    Thanks to the more than $123,000 in funding it is receiving, the SADC of
Maskinongé will help 24 young people between the ages of 16 and 30 improve
their employability and expand their knowledge by participating in work
placements that reflect their own interests. The organization participates in
the region's economic development through its financial and technical support
to businesses, and also by putting in place diverse projects that encourage
young people to stay in the community and facilitate business growth.
    The project consists of 24 full-time work placements and a series of
employability and job-search workshops. This 12- to 26-week work experience
will help the participants find and keep a job or return to school.
    Service Canada is funding this project through its Skills Link program,
one of Canada's youth employment programs, which helps youth facing obstacles
to employment gain the skills, knowledge, and work experience they need to
participate in the work force.

    Skills Link is one of three Government of Canada 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.

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                                 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
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 grants and contributions programs, and are
subject to review under the Financial Administration Act.
    




For further information:

For further information: Media enquiries: Pascal Doucet, Media
Relations, Service Canada Communications, (514) 982-2384, ext. 2209; Media
Relations Office, Service Canada, (819) 994-5559; Public enquiries:
1-800-O-Canada (1-800-622-6232); TTY: 1-800-926-9105; servicecanada.gc.ca;
Youth Info Line, 1-800-935-5555, youth.gc.ca


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