HALIFAX, March 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Dr. Kellie Leitch, Parliamentary
Secretary to the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources
and Skills Development, emphasized the importance of youth having the
right skills to address the needs of the labour market during a visit
to the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Education and Development (CEED).
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity," said Dr. Leitch. "The Government of Canada's
Youth Employment Strategy is helping youth in Nova Scotia develop the
skills and gain the experience they need to get jobs now and prepare
for the workforce of tomorrow."
The Government of Canada provided over $8.8 million over the last year
through the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) to help young people in
Nova Scotia make a successful transition to the workplace.
Earlier this month, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National
Defence, announced over $190,000 in Skills Link funding to CEED for two
projects to help youth develop job skills and gain work experience.
"We are very pleased to be working with our partners, including the
Government of Canada, to deliver essential programs that support our
youth in Nova Scotia," said Heather Spidell, President and Chief
Executive Officer of CEED. "These hands-on, community-based projects
give participants better access to the workforce, and the resources and
skills they need to build a brighter future and contribute to their
Economic Action Plan 2012 provided an additional $50 million over two
years to enhance YES through a new initiative that will connect young
Canadians with jobs that are in high demand and help them develop
tangible skills and gain work experience.
"Canada is facing skills and labour shortages across various sectors and
regions. To ensure our country's economic success, we must capitalize
on the skills and talent of young Canadians," added Dr. Leitch. "CEED's
projects are excellent examples of the great work that can be achieved
through the Youth Employment Strategy."
Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada's broader
strategy to create an educated, skilled and flexible workforce. The
Government reiterated its commitment to this strategy in Economic
Action Plan 2012. 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 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 an annual budget of more
than $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 that 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 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.
Career Focus provides funding to employers to hire young post-secondary graduates to
give them career-related work experience and help them acquire skills
to transition into the job 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
To learn more about Canada's Youth Employment Strategy and other youth
employment initiatives, please visit youth.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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Director of Communications
Office of Minister Finley
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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