Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 24, 2010 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Bulkley Valley Youth Prepare for Jobs

HOUSTON, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 24, 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. The Honourable Jay Hill, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, 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 Minister Hill. "By supporting this project, we are helping youth in Northwest British Columbia develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

Northwest Community College will receive $99,557 in federal Skills Link funding, which will help six 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. 

"I am pleased and encouraged by this federal investment in the youth of Northwest British Columbia," said Ms. Stephanie Forsyth, President of Northwest Community College.

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.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Backgrounder

Northwest Community College was first established in Terrace, British Columbia, in 1975. The College now has six campuses and an additional four community learning centres serving the changing needs of the local communities. Between February 15, 2010, and June 18, 2010, the College will help three youth in Houston and three youth in Smithers, who are facing barriers to employment, develop skills that will help them enter the labour market or return to school. Each participant will take part in employability skills workshops and work experience placements. 

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

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