Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

September 24, 2009 15:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Calgary Youth Prepare for Jobs

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 24, 2009) - Local youth who face barriers to employment will get employability skills and work experience through the Government of Canada's support for a local employment project. Mr. Deepak Obhrai, Member of Parliament for Calgary East, 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 all Canadians develop the skills needed to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Obhrai. "By supporting this project, we are helping Calgary youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

The Centre for Newcomers will receive $1,371,386 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Youth Possibilities Program, which will help 140 youth facing employment barriers develop life and job skills to ease their transition to work or return to school.

"The Centre for Newcomers will provide an experiential learning environment that is supportive and encouraging. Young adults will develop essential life and employment skills such as decision making, effective communication, job search techniques and career planning. They will explore their strengths and dreams and learn to make and follow through on plans," said Ms. Carol Simpson, Employment Services Manager. "Through this program, they will acquire skills to secure jobs and succeed in their chosen careers."

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.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.


BACKGROUNDER

The Centre for Newcomers provides opportunities for newcomers to adjust to life in their new country, as well as to succeed and contribute as citizens in Canada. The Centre allows individuals to meet other newcomers, learn English, gain employment skills and be exposed to cultural practices that characterize life in Canada. Between July 20, 2009, and July 15, 2011, the Centre, through its Youth Possibilities Program, will provide employability and life skills workshops to 140 immigrant youth to assist them in entering the labour market or returning 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

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