RESERVE MINES, NS, June 26, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is
providing support for youth in Cape Breton to help them gain the
skills, knowledge and experience they need to enter and succeed in the
job market. 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.
"Youth employment programs are part of our federal government's strategy
to help our youth develop the skills and gain the experience they need
to connect with job opportunities," said Minister MacKay. "It is more
important than ever that our youth participate and succeed in the job
market. Today's youth are tomorrow's workforce, so by investing in them
we are helping contribute to Canada's long-term growth and overall
The Kinsmen Club of Dominion, Reserve and Gardiner is receiving more
than $202,000 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).
Participants will develop life and job skills through a variety of
workshops, such as résumé writing and team building. Additionally, they
will enhance their computer skills through online job search
techniques. They will also gain on-the-job experience with local
"I have seen the positive impact that these projects have had in our
community," said Greg Barnes, Coordinator, The Kinsmen Club of
Dominion, Reserve and Gardiner. "Helping people get back into the
workforce and feeling better about themselves is a great feeling, and
it helps our community become better and stronger. Funding for these
projects from the Government of Canada is needed, welcomed and
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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