NEW GLASGOW, NS, May 13, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is
providing support for youth in the New Glasgow area 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
Summer Street Industries is receiving more than $233,000 from the Skills
Link program to help youth with disabilities overcome barriers to
employment. Skills Link is part of the Government of Canada's Youth
Employment Strategy (YES).
Through teambuilding activities and workshops, participants will develop
life and job skills such as effective communication and computer
knowledge. They will also benefit from work experience through job
placements in various sectors, including retail.
"The Summer Street Society would like to thank the Government of Canada
for supporting this important project," said Bob Bennett, Executive
Director, Summer Street Industries. "Without this partnership and
support, this project would not be possible. Many great things are
happening in our area because we all believe people with intellectual
disability can make a difference."
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
Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes an additional investment of $70
million over three years to support 5 000 more paid internships. This
is further to the extra $50 million that was invested through Economic
Action Plan 2012 to enhance YES with a new initiative that connects
young Canadians with jobs that are in high demand and helps them
develop tangible skills and gain work experience.
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.
IF THERE IS A DISCREPANCY BETWEEN ANY PRINTED VERSION AND THE ELECTRONIC
VERSION OF THIS NEWS RELEASE, THE ELECTRONIC VERSION WILL PREVAIL.
This news release is available online at actionplan.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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