DARTMOUTH, NS, July 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The Governments of Canada and Nova
Scotia are providing support to promote careers in the skilled trades
and technology sector to students across the province. The announcement
was made by the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence
and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, on behalf of the Honourable
Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and
the Honourable Frank Corbett, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education
for Nova Scotia.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity," said Minister MacKay. "The Government of
Canada's Youth Employment Strategy is helping youth develop the skills
and gain the experience they need to prepare for jobs in high-demand
fields. That's why we support Skills Canada - Nova Scotia to encourage
young Canadians to pursue careers in the skilled trades."
"Nova Scotians are facing unprecedented opportunities," said
Minister Corbett. "These opportunities require skilled workers, so it's
important to get people, especially our youth, prepared now.
Investments like this allow our students and apprentices to enhance
their skills, strive for excellence in a chosen field, and explore
various skilled trades and technologies to perhaps discover a new
interest for their future career."
Skills Canada - Nova Scotia (SCNS) is receiving over $193,000 in federal
funding and over $205,000 in provincial funding to organize skills
competitions and help youth learn about education and career options.
Activities include preparing participants for regional, provincial and
national competitions, conducting classroom presentations and
coordinating networking opportunities for youth with educators and
"From informative in-class presentations, to the Skills Canada National
Competition, Skills Canada - Nova Scotia provides youth with thrilling
experiences which allow them to explore skilled trades and
technologies, and strive for excellence among Canada's best students
and apprentices," said Ms. Courtney Gouthro, Executive Director, Skills
Canada - Nova Scotia.
"Canada is facing a growing shortage of skilled tradespeople," said
Minister MacKay. "Through Economic Action Plan 2013 and support for
training programs, along with grants and tax credits, we are
encouraging apprenticeships and careers in the skilled trades."
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: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
For further information:
Office of Minister Finley
Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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