Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 06, 2009 16:30 ET

Government Of Canada Helps Calgary Youth Prepare For Jobs

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 6, 2009) - -Local youth who face barriers to employment will get job-preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada's support for an employment project. Mr. Lee Richardson, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and Mr. Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre.

"In today's environment, it is more important than ever that youth develop the skills they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Richardson. "By supporting this project, we are helping Calgary youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

BGS Enterprises Inc., whose head office is in Edmonton, will receive $1,103,776 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Youth Ventures project in Calgary, which will help 2,350 youth facing employment barriers develop life and job skills to ease their transition to work or return to school.

"BGS Enterprises Inc. would like to sincerely thank the Government of Canada for renewing its commitment to our Youth Ventures Assessment and Case Management Centre," said Mr. Joe MacKay, President and Chief Executive Officer of BGS Enterprises Inc. "We look forward to providing youth at risk with essential resources and ongoing personal support so that they can work towards achieving their employment, education and personal goals."

"Our government is proud to support employment programming that benefits youth," said Mr. Hawn. "BGS Enterprises Inc. will provide them with the opportunity to develop skills and gain the experience to help them reach their full potential."

Skills Link focuses on helping youth facing barriers to employment, such as single parents, Aboriginal youth, young persons with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas, and youth who have dropped out of high school.

The federal government is working with the provinces and territories, community organizations and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the training, skills and opportunities they need to participate in the workforce and contribute to their communities.

Skills Link is 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, call 1 800 O-Canada, visit servicecanada.gc.ca or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

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BACKGROUNDER


Established in 1988, BGS Enterprises Inc. has been providing career and corporate development programs and services to local communities throughout Western Canada. The organization offers individuals the opportunity to explore their potential and develop strategies to enhance their professional, personal and social lives. Between October 23, 2009, and October 21, 2011, BGS Enterprises Inc. will help 2,350 youth facing barriers to employment gain knowledge and employability skills through outreach, client assessment, case management and employment services, enabling them to make the transition into the labour market or return to school.

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 Career Focus.

Skills Link focuses on helping youth facing barriers to employment, such as single parents, Aboriginal youth, young persons with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas, and youth who have dropped out of high school. It offers a client-centred approach based on assessing an individual's specific needs. The program supports youth in developing basic and advanced employment skills. Eligible participants between 15 and 30 years of age-who are not receiving Employment Insurance benefits-are assisted through a coordinated approach, offering longer-term supports and services that can help them find and keep a job.

Contact Information

  • Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482
    or
    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    819-994-5559