QUÉBEC, June 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Local youth who face barriers to employment will get job preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada's support for an employment project. Ms. Sylvie Boucher, Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women and Member of Parliament for Beauport-Limoilou, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"In today's environment, it is more important than ever that youth develop the skills they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Ms. Boucher. "By supporting this project, we are helping youth in the Québec area and in the regional county municipalities of La Jacques-Cartier and Portneuf develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."
The Société des sentiers de la région de la Capitale-Nationale du Québec will receive $99,725 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Sentiers pédestres project, which will help eight youth facing employment barriers develop life and job skills to ease their transition to work or return to school.
Skills Link focuses on helping youth facing barriers to employment, such as 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.
"To give youth the opportunity to develop their social and professional skills, that is the goal of the Sentiers pédestres project," said Mr. Sébastien Dubé, Executive Director of the Société des sentiers de la région de la Capitale-Nationale du Québec. "Not only will participants do the community a great service by working to develop and maintain walking trails, they will also further their social and professional development through various workshops and group activities."
The federal government is working with the provinces and territories, community organizations and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the training, skills and opportunities they need to get jobs and contribute to their communities.
Through the 2010 "Jobs and Growth Budget," the Government of Canada committed an additional $60 million to the Skills Link and Career Focus programs. This additional one-time investment will enable more young Canadians to gain the experience and skills they need to successfully participate in the labour market while the economy recovers.
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 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 www.actionplan.gc.ca.
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, visit www.servicecanada.gc.ca, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.
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The mission of the Société des sentiers de la région de la Capitale-Nationale du Québec is to maintain recreational and tourist trails in the Québec and Charlevoix area in a sustainable manner. From June 14 to November 12, 2010, the organization will help eight youth facing employment barriers acquire the skills and experience they need to make the transition to work or return to school. The project consists of group workshops and community service activities that will enable the youth to improve their community and become more employable. They will have the opportunity to help ensure that pedestrian trails in various areas of Québec's green belt will be available for a long time to come.
As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, the Skills Link program is one of three 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. The other two programs are Summer Work Experience and Career Focus.
Skills Link focuses on helping youth facing barriers to employment, such as 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 assessing 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 longer-term supports and services that can help them find and keep a job.
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information: For further information: (media only): Michelle Bakos, Press Secretary, Office of Minister Finley, 819-994-2482; Media Relations Office, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, 819-994-5559