Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

April 06, 2010 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Nanaimo Youth Prepare for Jobs

NANAIMO, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 6, 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. James Lunney, Member of Parliament for Nanaimo–Alberni, 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. Lunney. "By supporting this project, we are helping Nanaimo youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

The Nanaimo Youth Services Association (NYSA) will receive $312,235 in federal Skills Link funding to support its BladeRunners project, which will help 36 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. 

"The Nanaimo Youth Services Association exists to create an environment which empowers youth to reach their fullest potential," said Mr. Steve Arnett, Executive Director, Nanaimo Youth Services Association. "We believe that the best income security in a market-based economy is a meaningful job. That is what BladeRunners is all about, and NYSA's board and staff deeply appreciate the opportunity to partner with the federal government on this important project."

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.

Through the 2010 "Jobs and Growth Budget," the Government of Canada committed an additional $60 million to the Skills Link and Career Focus programs. This additional one-time investment will enable more young Canadians to gain the experience and skills they need to successfully participate in the labour market while the economy recovers.

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

The Nanaimo Youth Services Association is a non-profit organization that delivers services to help youth increase their self-esteem, build confidence and become active citizens in the community. Between April 1, 2010, and March 31, 2011, the organization's BladeRunners project will help 36 youth facing barriers to employment gain the skills and work experience they need to enter the labour market or return to school. Participants will develop life and employability skills through workshops focusing on employment preparation, communications skills and health and safety in the workplace, and will gain work experience in construction and trades. 

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