Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

September 24, 2009 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Medicine Hat Youth Prepare for Jobs

MEDICINE HAT, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 24, 2009) - Local youth who face barriers to employment will get job-preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada's support for a local employment project. Mr. LaVar Payne, Member of Parliament for Medicine Hat, 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. Payne. "By supporting this project, we are helping youth in Medicine Hat develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

HR Solutions will receive $216,391 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Kick Start 2009 project, which will help 15 youth facing employment barriers develop life and job skills to ease their transition to work or return to school.

"I would like to express my thanks to the Government of Canada for supporting the Kick Start 2009 program," said Ms. Shila Sharps, President of HR Solutions. "With this funding, HR Solutions will have the opportunity to assist youth in Medicine Hat and better prepare them for the challenges that they face."

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

HR Solutions provides recruiting and consulting services in southeastern Alberta. The organization understands the challenges of today's labour market and believes strongly in investing in youth. Between October 5, 2009, and April 2, 2010, HR Solutions will provide life and employability skills through group-based workshops and work experience opportunities to 15 youth facing employment barriers, in order to ease their transition to work 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

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