BROOKS, AB, Oct. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - LaVar Payne, Member of Parliament for
Medicine Hat, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of
State (Social Development), today announced support that will equip
young Canadians in the Brooks area with the skills and work experience
needed to get jobs.
"Our government is committed to creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity all across Canada and right here in the Brooks
area," said Minister of State Bergen. "Initiatives like this will help
connect youth with jobs while ensuring that Canada's economy benefits
from the skills and talents of young Canadians. By investing in youth
today, we are making sure they are ready to become Canada's future
workers and contribute to our long-term prosperity."
"Many young people are looking for work but can't get their foot in the
door due to a lack of experience," said Mr. Payne. "Thanks to our Youth
Employment Strategy, young people are developing the skills they need
to enter and succeed in the job market."
The Society of Brooks Community Adult Learning Council is receiving more
than $185,000 from the Skills Link program to help youth facing
barriers to employment get the skills and knowledge they need to find
jobs. This program is part of the Government of Canada's Youth
Employment Strategy (YES). Since 2006, YES has helped more than 555 000
young people upgrade their skills, to the benefit of the Canadian
The participants will gain valuable work experience and develop useful
skills through workshops and hands-on work experience in fields such as
the automotive industry and service sectors.
"We are pleased to receive funding from the Government of Canada," said
Huber Ellis, Coordinator, the Society of Brooks Community Adult
Learning Council. "This program will equip youth with life and
employability skills to make them more marketable and successful in the
Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada's
strategy to connect Canadians with available jobs. Economic Action Plan
2013 proposes new measures to equip Canadians with the skills and
training they need to fill skills shortages and succeed in the Canadian
labour market. These include the Canada Job Grant, which will invest in
skills training for unemployed and underemployed Canadians, better
ensuring they are qualified to fill the high-quality, well-paying jobs
that are available. Economic Action Plan 2013 is also creating
opportunities for apprentices and providing support to
under-represented groups such as Canadians with disabilities,
Aboriginal people, newcomers and youth.
To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit actionplan.gc.ca.
The Government of Canada is helping youth plan their careers, learn new
skills and find jobs through enhanced online services available at youth.gc.ca.
The Youth Employment Strategy (YES) is the Government of Canada's commitment to help youth make a
successful transition to the workplace. With annual funding of
approximately $300 million, YES helps youth—particularly those facing
barriers to employment—obtain career information, develop employment
skills, find jobs and stay employed. YES includes the Skills Link and
Career Focus programs and the Canada Summer Jobs initiative, which
creates thousands of job opportunities for students every summer.
Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment—including youth who are
single parents, youth with disabilities, young newcomers and youth in
rural and remote areas—to develop the skills and gain the experience
needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school. Since 2006,
the Skills Link initiative has helped over 179 000 youth get jobs or
return to school.
Career Focus helps youth obtain the information, skills and experience they need to
make informed career decisions, find a job or further their
education—including providing career-related work experience. Since
2006, the Career Focus initiative has helped over 26 000 youth acquire
skills to help them transition into the labour market.
Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector
employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create
summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are
full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next
school year. The deadline for Canada Summer Jobs has changed.
Applications will be available online beginning in December and must be
submitted before January 10, 2014.
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of State (Social Development)
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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