NEW CARLISLE, QC, Jan. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - Local youth who face barriers
to employment will get job preparation training and work experience
through the Government of Canada's support for an employment project.
Mr. Bernard Généreux, Member of Parliament for
Montmagny-L'Islet-Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup, made the announcement
today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human
Resources and Skills Development.
"For many young Canadians, making the transition to the job market is a
challenge, especially in today's environment," said Mr. Généreux.
"That's why our government is creating opportunities for youth to
succeed through support for initiatives like this youth employment
With assistance from the federal Skills Link program, the Committee for
Anglophone Social Action (CASA) will help 10 youth develop the skills
and experience needed to find a job or the confidence to return to
Participants will take part in functional independence and employability
workshops dealing with topics such as teamwork, and communication,
reasoning and problem-solving skills. Through community service, the
participants will also have the opportunity to be involved in various
activities aimed at increasing tourism services in their community.
Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment, such as single
parents, Aboriginal youth, youth with disabilities, recent immigrants,
youth living in rural and remote areas, and youth who have dropped out
of high school.
CASA will receive over $149,000 in federal Skills Link funding to
support its youth employment project.
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As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, the
Skills Link program is one of three programs that help young Canadians,
particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career
information, develop skills, gain work experience, find good jobs and
stay employed. The other two programs are Summer Work Experience and
Skills Link helps youth between 15 and 30 years of age who are not
receiving Employment Insurance benefits develop basic and advanced
employment skills. It assists participants through a coordinated,
client-centred approach that offers longer-term supports and services
tailored to their specific needs to help them find and keep a job.
Through the 2010 "Jobs and Growth Budget," the Government of Canada
committed an additional $60 million to the Skills Link and Career Focus
programs. This additional one-time investment will enable more young
Canadians to gain the experience and skills they need to successfully
participate in the job market while the economy recovers.
Youth employment programs are also part of the Government of Canada's
strategy to create the best educated, most skilled and most flexible
workforce in the world. 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 Skills Link program is delivered by Service Canada, which provides
one-stop personalized services for Government of Canada programs,
services and benefits. For more information about this program, visit servicecanada.gc.ca, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.
SOURCE HUMAN RESOURCES AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT CANADA
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Office of Minister Finley
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills