LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 28, 2012) - The Government of Canada announced new funding to support youth in London to help them gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to enter and succeed in the job market. The announcement was made by Susan Truppe, Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women and Member of Parliament for London North Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government's top priority is creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity," said Ms. Truppe. "Our government'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."
ATN Access for Persons with Disabilities is receiving over $408,000 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).
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 will provide 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 ATN Access for Persons with Disabilities project will attend skills workshops focusing on topics such as job preparation, team building and resumé writing. Participants will then gain experience through work placements with local employers in their field of interest.
"Most of the young people who will participate in this program have already attempted to find a job or return to school, and been repeatedly unsuccessful. This program offers them another chance and hope for a brighter future," said Vicki Mayer, Executive Director, ATN Access for Persons with Disabilities. "We are grateful to the Government of Canada for recognizing the value and potential of these youth and giving ATN the opportunity to assist them."
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 www.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 www.Youth.gc.ca.