REGINA, SK, June 25, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is providing support for youth in Regina to help them gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to enter and succeed in the job market. The announcement was made by Tom Lukiwski, Member of Parliament for Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity," said Mr. Lukiwski. "The Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy is helping youth develop the skills and gain the experience they need to get jobs now and prepare for the workforce of tomorrow."
The YMCA Community Café is receiving more than $143,000 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).
Through workshops, participants will develop job skills, including effective communication and safe food handling. They will also participate in work placements at the YMCA's Café and a local restaurant to gain on-the-job experience in areas ranging from menu planning to customer service.
"This project will assist youth overcome barriers they may be facing, through the provision of continuous mentorship and support," said Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen, General Manager of Community Development and Childcare YMCA of Regina. "Funding partners allow the YMCA of Regina to continue to positively impact the lives of young people in our community."
"This program is a winner for everyone," said Chris Bailey, Executive Director of Regina Work Preparation Centre, which partners with YMCA on this project. "The participants develop skills allowing them to earn an income as self-sufficient, independent people who work to their potential."
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 every summer.
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 school year.
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
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Office of Minister Finley
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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