Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 09, 2009 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Nova Scotia Youth Prepare for Jobs

MIDDLETON, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2009) - 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. Greg Kerr, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for West 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 Mr. Kerr. "By supporting this project, we are helping Nova Scotia youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

Nova Scotia Community College's Annapolis Valley Campus will receive $521,156 in federal Skills Link funding to support its YouthWorks project, which will help 700 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.

"YouthWorks reaches young people in their home communities and builds a pathway to a better future that many youth want for themselves but need help finding," said Mr. Jim Stanley, Principal of the College's Annapolis Valley Campus. "The impact this program has on young lives can't be overstated, and this funding will help us reach even more people."

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

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

BACKGROUNDER

Nova Scotia Community College has 13 campuses located throughout the province that work to enhance social and economic well-being through education and innovation. Between June 8, 2009, and June 1, 2012, the College's YouthWorks project will provide employment services to 700 youth living in the Kings and Annapolis Counties who are facing barriers to employment. Outreach, client assessment and case management services will help participants find jobs 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
    or
    Nova Scotia Community College
    Stacey Baillie
    Media and External Relations
    902-491-6781