DOLBEAU-MISTASSINI, QC, May 18, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Government of Canada has announced new funding to support youth in the Regional County Municipality of Maria-Chapdelaine and Domaine-du-Roy 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 Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government's top priority is creating jobs and economic growth," said Minister Lebel. "Our 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 Maison des jeunes Le Jouvenceau is receiving over $79,000 and Idéaux Travail Corporation is receiving over $12,000 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).
With annual funding of more than $300 million, YES helps youth, particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information, develop employment 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.
Economic Action Plan 2012 calls for an additional $50 million investment over two years to enhance YES so that more young people can gain tangible skills and experience. In particular, this funding will focus on connecting young Canadians with jobs in fields that are in high demand.
Participants in the Idéaux Travail project and the Maison des jeunes Le Jouvenceau project will attend employability skills workshops on topics such as teamwork, communication and problem solving. They will then apply these newly acquired skills and knowledge to work placements in the fields of furniture restoration or event organization.
"Throughout this experience, made possible through the Skills Link program, participants, under supervision of the Table de concertation jeunesse Maria Chapdelaine, will engage in a process of personal development using their creative skills and resourcefulness," commented Mr. Stéphane Gagnon, Director General of the Maison des jeunes Le Jouvenceau. "By organizing Family Day on May 19, they will go through all the steps required when planning an event," he added.
"The Skills Link funding will enable young people to develop their employability skills by working on creative and group projects," explained Ms. Isabelle Coulombe, Coordinator for Idéaux Travail Corporation. "The Phénix Atelier work placement will give participants an opportunity to learn furniture restoration techniques and to acquire new interpersonal and professional skills that will support their integration into the workforce."
Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada's broader strategy to create an educated, skilled and flexible workforce. 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 Government of Canada is helping youth prepare for, find and maintain meaningful employment 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, visit Youth.gc.ca.
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Office of Minister Finley
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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