Canada's New Government helps young graduates in Québec

    SAINTE-FOY, QC, Aug. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Luc Harvey, Member of Parliament
for Louis-Hébert, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human
Resources and Social Development, today announced $90,000 in funding for a
project to help young post-secondary graduates in Québec gain career-related
work experience.
    "In funding this project, Canada's New Government is providing graduates
with career-related job opportunities," said Mr. Harvey. "The goal is to help
them develop advanced skills that will enable them to pursue careers and
become leaders in their chosen fields."
    Through the Opération Jeunesse project, the Québec Metro High Tech Park
is giving 12 young people with post-secondary diplomas the chance to obtain
work experience linked to their field of study. The Québec Metro High Tech
Park, which consists of 94 businesses and 4,200 workers, is a not-for-profit
economic development agency that takes an entrepreneurial approach to
promoting the growth of innovative organizations by offering a stimulating
environment for business development.
    "The project announced today fits in well with the mission of the High
Tech Park," said Richard St-Pierre, the park's acting director general.
"Businesses that hire young graduates benefit greatly from their skills.
There's no doubt that these young people will constitute a highly qualified
and competent addition to the workforce, one that is ready to take on the
challenges of a constantly evolving labour market."
    The 12 project participants will gain experience related to their
qualifications and aspirations while working in one of the park's
knowledge-economy firms in fields such as life sciences, optics, photonics,
new materials, the environment, wood technology and information technology. In
addition to acquiring specialized job skills and knowledge, as well as
interpersonal skills, the young people will learn more about the realities of
the labour market and its requirements.
    Service Canada supports this project financially through the Career Focus
program, which offers post-secondary graduates career-related work
    Career Focus is one of three programs for youth. The other two are Summer
Work Experience and Skills Link. These programs offer a range of activities to
meet individual needs.

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