MASHTEUIATSH, QC, June 12, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Government of Canada
announced new funding to support youth in Mashteuiatsh to help them
gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to enter and
succeed in the job market. The announcement was made by the Honourable
Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and
Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions
of Quebec, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human
Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government's top priority is creating jobs and economic growth,"
said Minister Lebel. "Our government'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 of tomorrow."
The Association du Parc Sacré is receiving over $61,000 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).
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 2012 will provide an additional $50 million over
two years to enhance YES so that more young people can gain tangible
skills and experience. This funding will focus on connecting young
Canadians with jobs in fields that are in high demand.
Participants in the Association du Parc Sacré project will attend
workshops to develop life and employability skills. Topics will include
communication, decision-making and job-search techniques and tools.
Later, to integrate what they have learned and develop other skills
that can be transferred to the labour market, participants will take
part in various community service activities.
"With this funding, we will be able to offer five young people from our
community the opportunity to participate constructively in society,"
said Ms. Marie-Ève Robertson, chair of the Association du Parc Sacré's
board of directors. "In addition to promoting their social integration,
this program will help participants learn about medicinal plants,
enabling them to reclaim an area of traditional knowledge that is part
of their cultural identity."
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 www.actionplan.gc.ca.
The Government of Canada is helping youth prepare for, find and maintain
meaningful employment through enhanced online services available at Youth.gc.ca.
IF THERE IS A DISCREPANCY BETWEEN ANY PRINTED VERSION AND THE ELECTRONIC
VERSION OF THIS NEWS RELEASE, THE ELECTRONIC VERSION WILL PREVAIL.
This news release is available online at: www.actionplan.gc.ca.
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 HUMAN RESOURCES AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT CANADA
For further information:
Office of Minister Finley
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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