DRUMMONDVILLE, QC, Aug. 17, 2018 /CNW/ - Building a strong middle class means giving Canada's youth the tools they need to find and keep good jobs.
Today, the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Member of Parliament for Honoré-Mercier and Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced funding that will help young Canadians develop their skills and get hands-on work experience.
The Government of Canada will provide over $812,000 in funding to Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Drummond for three projects offered through the Skills Link program. A total of 74 youth will participate in the projects.
- Connexion compétences - Entrepreneuriat jeunesse focuses on recruiting, training and mentoring those interested in becoming self-employed entrepreneurs or returning to school.
- ADP - J.A.M (Jeunes Artistes Musicaux) is a project that helps train youth with barriers to employment through the use of music and arts to improve workplace skills such as writing and communications.
- Connexion compétences is helping up to 30 young people to receive the necessary skills to use in the workplace. Youth will have job placements in the retail trade and industry manufacturing.
Skills Link supports projects that help young people who face barriers to employment acquire employability skills and gain valuable job experience, which, in turn, helps them make a successful transition into the workforce or go back to school. This could include youth who have not completed high school, single parents, Indigenous youth, youth with disabilities, newcomers or youth living in rural or remote areas.
"Our communities are stronger when everyone has a fair chance at success. Supporting youth as they transition into the workforce and giving them the training they need to succeed is a key way in which we can grow our economy and strengthen the middle class."
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
"I'm pleased to see these three projects providing the support that young people in our community need to complete their education and secure good, well-paying jobs. Skills Link will give youth of all backgrounds more equal opportunities to learn, succeed and thrive."
– The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Member of Parliament for Honoré–Mercier and Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism
"Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Drummond is proud to offer young adults a chance to participate in many exciting and relevant projects that will increase their employability and help them realize their life goals. As our population ages, young adults represent our future and our society has a responsibility to provide them with opportunities to find a career path and reach their potential.This year Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Drummond is celebrating 20 years of providing personalized support to youth, and I want to thank the Government of Canada for its confidence in us and for its generous contribution."
– Annie Daunais, Executive Director, CJE Drummond
- Canada's future prosperity depends on young people getting the education and work experience they need to succeed. Each year, the Government invests over $330 million in the Youth Employment Strategy to help young people gain the skills and work experience they need to find and maintain good employment.
- Through Budget 2018, the Government provides an additional $448.5 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, to the Youth Employment Strategy. This funding extends commitments made in 2016 to nearly double the number of Canada Summer Jobs for summer 2019, creating up to 70,000 opportunities for youth annually.
- Over the following years, this funding will provide resources to implement a modernized YES, building on the input of the Expert Panel on Youth Employment and significant engagement with youth, employers, service delivery organizations and Indigenous people.
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
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