STRATFORD, ON, July 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is
providing support for youth in the Stratford area to help them gain the
skills, knowledge and experience they need to enter and succeed in the
job market. The announcement was made by Gary Schellenberger, Member of
Parliament for Perth-Wellington, 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. Schellenberger. "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 of tomorrow."
Partners in Employment is receiving more than $273,000 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).
Through a variety of workshops, participants will develop life and job
skills such as relationship building, résumé writing and job-searching
techniques. They will also gain on-the-job experience in areas related
to customer service, retail, manufacturing, food service or
"We thank the Government of Canada for this great opportunity to enhance
the skills of unemployed youth in the Stratford area and assist them to
enter the workforce," said Ms. Deb Hotchkiss, Executive Director,
Partners in Employment.
With annual funding of approximately $300 million, YES helps
youth—particularly those facing barriers to employment—obtain career
information, develop 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
In addition to existing funding, Economic Action Plan 2012 invested an
extra $50 million to enhance YES with a new initiative that connects
young Canadians with jobs in high demand and helps them develop
tangible skills and gain work experience. Economic Action Plan 2013
proposes an additional investment of $70 million over three years to
create 5 000 more paid internships.
Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada's broader
strategy to connect Canadians with available jobs. Economic Action
Plan 2013 proposes new measures to equip Canadians 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
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 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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