Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 03, 2010 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Amherst Youth Prepare for Jobs

AMHERST, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 3, 2010) - 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. Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"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. Armstrong. "By supporting this project, we are helping Amherst youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

The Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association will receive $80,868 in federal Skills Link funding, which will help five youth facing employment barriers develop life and job skills to ease their transition to work or return to school.

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.

"We are very honoured to have the opportunity to do a second phase of this program," said Mr. Brian Martin, Chair of the Association's Board. "It is a great feeling to know that we are able to help persons facing barriers get to the next step in meeting employment goals or enhancing educational skill levels they need to reach their full potential."

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 get jobs 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, visit www.servicecanada.gc.ca, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.



BACKGROUNDER


The Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association, a third-party delivery agent of employment programs and services, is involved in the development of equitable policies, programs and services that meet the needs of persons facing barriers to employment. Between January 18, 2010, and July 23, 2010, the Association will provide five youth facing barriers to employment with employability skills workshops and work experience placements, in order to help them make the transition to 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.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Contact Information

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