Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 12, 2009 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Moose Jaw Youth Prepare for Jobs

MOOSE JAW, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2009) - Local youth facing barriers to employment will get job-preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada's support for an employment project. Mr. Ray Boughen, Member of Parliament for Palliser, 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. Boughen. "By supporting this project, we are helping Moose Jaw youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

The Prairie South School Division will receive $25,000 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Extended Transitions Program, which will help 30 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.

"Our teachers and career development team work with every student before they leave Grade 12 to ensure they've identified a career path-whether that involves further education and training or entry into the workforce," said Ms. Brenda Edwards, Director of Education for the Division. "Sometimes, though, students can't follow through on their plan for various reasons-a change in life circumstances, a missing class, or maybe a job layoff. This program allows us to continue the work we started with these students at school, supporting them in this important transition."

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.

"The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to commit $35,000 to this important project, which will help Moose Jaw area youth make a successful transition to employment and contribute to our province's prosperity," said the Honourable Rob Norris, Minister of Advanced Education, Employment and Labour for Saskatchewan. "Community partnerships like this one ensure that individuals who face barriers to employment have the skills and support they need to succeed in the workforce."

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 www.servicecanada.gc.ca or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

BACKGROUNDER

The Prairie South School Division was created in January 2006, as a result of the amalgamation of seven legacy school divisions. Between September 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010, the organization, through its Extended Transitions Program, will help 30 youth facing employment barriers develop the life and job skills they need to integrate successfully into the labour market or return to school. The program will provide youth outreach, client assessment, case management and employment services.

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