THOMPSON, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - July 18, 2012) - Youth in Thompson are now better prepared to enter and succeed in the job market thanks to funding by the Government of Canada for a youth employment project. The announcement was made by the Honourable Vic Toews, Regional Minister for Manitoba and Member of Parliament for Provencher, 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 Minister Toews. "The Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy is helping youth in Thompson and throughout Manitoba develop the skills and gain the experience they need to get jobs now and prepare for the workforce of tomorrow."
The Thompson Boys and Girls Club received over $96,000 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 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 Thompson Boys and Girls Club project trained for jobs in the construction sector by attending skills workshops on construction techniques such as drywall, flooring and plumbing. Following the workshops, participants further enhanced their skills and gained hands-on experience through community projects to improve low-income housing and the accessibility of housing for people with disabilities.
"Our community benefits from the Government of Canada's funding for the Thompson Boys and Girls Club project in two ways," said Staci Dovbniak, Executive Director, Thompson Boys and Girls Club. "Thompson will gain more workers in the skilled trades and our youth participants will receive training in academic, technical and life skills along with work experience in housing construction and renovation."
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 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.