Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

January 29, 2010 08:30 ET

Government of Canada Helps Prince Edward Island Youth Prepare for Jobs

WEST PRINCE, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Jan. 29, 2010) - Prince Edward Island youth who face barriers to employment will get job-preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada's support for three employment projects. The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament for Egmont, 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 Shea. "By supporting these projects, we are helping Prince Edward Island youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

Rural Community Learning Inc. will receive $63,236 in federal Skills Link funding, which will help six young parents facing employment barriers develop life and job skills to ease their transition to work or return to school. The PEI Council of People with Disabilities will receive $112,055, and the Harmony Training Centre will receive $99,087, both in Skills Link funding, to each help ten youth facing barriers to employment. In total, the Government of Canada's investment will enable the three organizations to help 26 Prince Edward Island youth prepare for jobs.

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 get jobs 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, 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

Rural Community Learning Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides employment services to increase the quality of life for the residents of West Prince. Between January 11, 2010, and May 28, 2010, the organization will provide six young parents facing employment barriers with life and employability skills workshops to help them make the transition to the labour market or return to school. 

The PEI Council of People with Disabilities was formed in 1974 and offers employment-related outreach activities to persons with disabilities by providing career-related information, employment opportunities, job search assistance and other services. Between January 18, 2010, and June 25, 2010, the Council will provide 10 youth facing barriers to employment with life and employability skills workshops to help them make the transition to the labour market or return to school.

The Harmony Training Centre has been designing and delivering learning programs for youth and adults for the last 18 years. Between January 18, 2010, and July 9, 2010, the Centre will provide 10 youth facing barriers to employment with life and employability skills workshops to help them make the transition to the labour market 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