Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

October 14, 2009 08:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps New Glasgow Youth Prepare for Jobs

NEW GLASGOW, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 14, 2009) - 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. The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, Minister for the Atlantic Gateway and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, 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 MacKay. "By supporting this project, the Government of Canada is helping New Glasgow youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

The Summer Street Industries Society will receive $343,080 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Summer Street Transition-to-Work Project, which will help youth with intellectual disabilities who face employment barriers develop life and job skills to ease their transition to work.

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 help foster 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 Summer Street Industries Society is a charitable organization that provides vocational and employment services to people with intellectual disabilities. The organization recognizes and supports the individuality of all people, regardless of their challenges or circumstances. Between October 19, 2009, and September 17, 2010, the Society's Summer Street Transition-to-Work Project will provide employability skills through workshops and work experience to youth with intellectual disabilities who face barriers to employment. The project will enhance the participants' employability and occupational skills, and will assist them in identifying the interventions they may require to obtain full-time employment or fulfill their training needs.

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