PRINCE ALBERT, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Aug. 17, 2012) - The Government of Canada announced support for youth in Prince Albert to help them gain the skills and knowledge they need to enter and succeed in the job market. The announcement was made by Randy Hoback, Member of Parliament for Prince Albert, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government's top priority is creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity," said Mr. Hoback. "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 YWCA Prince Albert is receiving over $41,000 from the Skills Link program to help Aboriginal youth overcome barriers to employment. Skills Link is part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES).
With an annual budget 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.
The participants in the YWCA Prince Albert project will attend workshops on topics such as résumé writing, computer use and communication. Participants will then gain practical knowledge of the workplace and learn about career options through job shadowing with local employers.
"I am very excited that the Government of Canada is once again funding the YWCA Prince Albert's youth employment project," said Donna Brooks, CEO of the YWCA Prince Albert. "This 15-week work preparation program gives young adults with barriers to employment tangible and transferable skills that enable participants to obtain and maintain meaningful employment. It is a win-win situation for both the youth and the employers."
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.
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This news release is available online at: www.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 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.