LÉVIS, QC, Jan. 6, 2012 /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.
The Honourable Steven Blaney, Member of Parliament for
Lévis-Bellechasse and Minister of Veterans Affairs, made the
announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister
of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government's top priority is jobs and the economy," said Minister
Blaney. "For many young Canadians, making the transition to the job
market is a challenge, especially in today's environment. That's why
our government is creating opportunities for youth to succeed through
support for initiatives like the Atelier de travail project."
With assistance from the federal Skills Link program, Travail Jeunesse
will help 10 youth develop the skills and experience needed to find a
job or the confidence to return to school.
Through workshops and activities, project participants will acquire
knowledge and skills to foster their social and professional
development. They will have fulfilling experiences as they learn about
themselves and about teamwork. Finally, the youth will apply their new
abilities in the organization's shop performing a variety of
subcontracted manufacturing work for local businesses.
Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment, such as single
parents, Aboriginal youth, youth with disabilities, recent immigrants,
youth living in rural and remote areas, and youth who have dropped out
of high school.
Travail Jeunesse will receive over $94,000 in federal Skills Link
funding to support its Atelier de travail project.
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
Skills Link helps youth between 16 and 30 years of age who are not
receiving Employment Insurance benefits develop basic and advanced
employment skills. It assists participants through a coordinated,
client-centred approach that offers longer-term supports and services
tailored to their specific needs to help them find and keep a job.
Youth employment programs are also part of the Government of Canada's
broader strategy to create an educated, skilled and flexible workforce.
The Government highlighted its commitment to this strategy in Canada's
Economic Action Plan. A key element of the Plan includes increasing and
improving opportunities available to 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 servicecanada.gc.ca, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.
SOURCE HUMAN RESOURCES AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT CANADA
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