Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

March 22, 2010 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Promote Skilled Trades to Prince Edward Island Youth

SUMMERSIDE, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - March 22, 2010) - Local youth will have the opportunity to get assistance in making informed decisions on future career, education and training choices thanks to support from the Government of Canada. 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 young Canadians have the skills and information they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Minister Shea. "Our government is proud to support activities like this one that benefit both employers and youth."

The East Prince Youth Development Centre will receive $13,710 through the Government of Canada's Youth Awareness program to organize and host the 2010 Summerside Job and Trade Fair, in partnership with the Tourism Industry Association of PEI. This fair will be held on March 25, 2010, at the Summerside Waterfront Shopping Centre from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and will promote employment and careers in the skilled trades. 

"Youth need to know about the hard work, determination and dedication required to become successful in trades today," said Mr. Brian Rogers, Trades Coordinator at the Centre. "Through our Trades Expo, we would like to make them more aware of the opportunities in employment through school programs, apprenticeship programs, and on-the-job training. We hope to better educate our youth and the general community about the trades through information booths, demonstrations, and panel discussions."

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.

Youth Awareness 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 Youth Awareness 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 East Prince Youth Development Centre works to create a brighter and healthier future for youth, families and the community by providing opportunities for youth to learn new skills and gain self-confidence. The Centre is working in partnership with the Tourism Industry Association of PEI to coordinate the 2010 Summerside Job and Trade Fair, which will be held on March 25, 2010, at the Summerside Waterfront Shopping Centre from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This fair will promote employment and careers in the skilled trades to over 600 youth.

The Youth Awareness program, funded under Employment Insurance Part II, provides financial assistance for projects designed to address specific labour market requirements facing communities, and aims to promote youth as the workforce of the future among recipients, employers, communities and young Canadians.

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