ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - July 20, 2012) - The Government of Canada announced new funding to support youth in Newfoundland and Labrador to help them gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to enter and succeed in the job market. The announcement was made by Dr. Kellie Leitch, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government's top priority is job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity-and that includes investing in our young people," said Dr. Leitch. "Youth are the greatest asset for our future. That is why we are proud to invest in them, through the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, to help them develop important skills and gain valuable job experience."
The Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW) is receiving funding support from the Skills Link program to help youth with disabilities overcome barriers to employment. Skills Link is part of the Youth Employment Strategy (YES).
The participants in the CCRW project will attend skills workshops in areas such as team building, computer skills and communication. Following the workshops, participants will take part in job shadowing to help them prepare for employment and make informed career choices.
"CCRW is pleased to be the recipient of funds from the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy," said Carole J. Barron, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work. "In particular, this funding will support those youth who require additional supports and guidance in achieving their career goals."
In addition, Dr. Leitch announced Canada Summer Jobs funding for the Bay Bulls Regional Lifestyle Centre to hire three students as summer camp counsellors. The funding will enable the students to gain the skills and experience they need to be successful-both now, and in the future.
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 is providing an additional $50 million over two years to enhance YES so that more young people can gain tangible skills and experience. This funding will focus on connecting young Canadians with jobs in fields that are in high demand.
Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada's broader strategy to create an educated, skilled and flexible workforce. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.
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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.