SASKATOON, May 9, 2013 /CNW/ -The Government of Canada is providing
support for youth in Saskatchewan to help them gain the skills,
knowledge and experience they need to enter and succeed in the job
market. The announcement was made by Maurice Vellacott, Member of
Parliament for Saskatoon-Wanuskewin, on behalf of the Honourable Diane
Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity," said Mr. Vellacott. "The Government of Canada's
Youth Employment Strategy is helping youth develop the skills and gain
the experience they need to get jobs now and prepare for the workforce
The Saskatchewan Tourism Education Council is receiving more than
$341,000 from the Skills Link program to help youth overcome barriers
to employment. Skills Link is part of the Government of Canada's Youth
Employment Strategy (YES).
Participants will develop life and job skills through workshops on
topics such as effective communication, résumé writing and workplace
safety. Additionally, they will benefit from work experience in the
tourism or service sectors with local employers.
"Tourism Saskatchewan thanks the Government of Canada for its continued
support of the highly successful Ready To Work program, which sees more
than 80 percent of its participants continuing into long-term,
rewarding careers and significantly addresses labour shortages
throughout our province," said Pat Fiacco, CEO of Tourism Saskatchewan.
"This funding helps the Saskatchewan Tourism Education Council to match
employers with individuals from non-traditional hiring pools."
With annual funding 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, which creates thousands of job opportunities
for students every summer.
Economic Action Plan (EAP) 2013 proposes an additional investment of $70
million over three years to support 5 000 more paid internships. This
is further to the extra $50 million that was invested through EAP 2012
to enhance YES with a new initiative that connects young Canadians with
jobs that are in high demand and helps them develop tangible skills and
gain work experience.
Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada's broader
strategy to create an educated, skilled and flexible workforce. 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 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.
Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes new measures to connect Canadians
with available jobs and equip them with the skills and training they
need. These include the Canada Job Grant, creating opportunities for
apprentices and providing support to under-represented groups such as
people with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples, newcomers and youth.
The Youth Employment Strategy is the Government of Canada's commitment to help youth make a
successful transition to the workplace.
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: Canada's Economic Action Plan
For further information:
Office of Minister Finley
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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