MONTREAL, Feb. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Local youth who face barriers to
employment will get job preparation training and work experience
through the Government of Canada's support for a youth employment
project. The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural
Resources and Minister responsible for Quebec, made the announcement
today, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human
Resources and Skills Development.
"For many young Canadians, making the transition to the job market is a
challenge, especially in today's environment," said Minister Paradis.
"That's why our government is creating opportunities for youth to
succeed through support for initiatives like this youth employment
With assistance from the federal Skills Link program, the
Côte-des-Neiges Black Community Association will help 16 visible
minority youth develop the skills and experience needed to find a job
or the confidence to return to school.
The project participants will take part in life and employability skills
workshops focusing on topics such as job preparation techniques,
teamwork and stress management. They will also attend presentations by
guest speakers, visit workplaces and post-secondary institutions, and
gain practical skills through collective assignments aimed at building
their confidence and self-esteem.
Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment, such as single
parents, Aboriginal youth, youth with disabilities, recent immigrants,
youth living in rural and remote areas, and youth who have dropped out
of high school.
The Côte-des-Neiges Black Community Association will receive over
$191,000 in federal Skills Link funding to support its youth employment
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As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, the
Skills Link program is one of three programs that help young Canadians,
particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career
information, develop skills, gain work experience, find good jobs and
stay employed. The other two programs are Summer Work Experience and
Skills Link helps youth between 16 and 30 years of age who are not
receiving Employment Insurance benefits develop basic and advanced
employment skills. It assists participants through a coordinated,
client-centred approach that offers longer-term supports and services
tailored to their specific needs to help them find and keep a job.
Through the 2010 "Jobs and Growth Budget," the Government of Canada
committed an additional $60 million to the Skills Link and Career Focus
programs. This additional one-time investment will enable more young
Canadians to gain the experience and skills they need to successfully
participate in the job market while the economy recovers.
Youth employment programs are also part of the Government of Canada's
strategy to create the best educated, most skilled and most flexible
workforce in the world. 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 Skills Link program is delivered by Service Canada, which provides
one-stop personalized services for Government of Canada programs,
services and benefits. For more information about this program, visit servicecanada.gc.ca, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.
SOURCE HUMAN RESOURCES AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT CANADA
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