Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 23, 2010 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Regina Youth Prepare for Jobs

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Feb. 23, 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. Andrew Scheer, Member of Parliament for Regina–Qu'Appelle, 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. Scheer. "By supporting this project, we are helping youth in Regina develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

The Regina Adult Learning Centre will receive $132,739 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Mending the Path and Building Futures Cycle 30 project, which will help 18 youth facing employment barriers develop life and job skills to ease their transition to work or return to school.

"The Regina Adult Learning Centre (RALC) is pleased to partner with the Government of Canada in this project," said Mr. Carlo Bizzarri, Manager, Regina Adult Learning Centre. "These funds will continue to provide skills leading to the self-sufficiency and independency of our young people. The RALC continues to offer a business solution to social and economic issues."

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 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.

backgrounder

Established in 1990, the Regina Adult Learning Centre is a not-for-profit organization that provides programs and services for youth that focus on building independence and self-suffiency through work experience or continuing eductation. The Centre's Mending the Path and Building Futures Cycle 30 project will provide participants with 18 weeks of group-based employability skills workshops and 11 weeks of work experience. The project will enable youth to develop and enhance their job skills while receiving ongoing support to assist them in accomplishing the individual goals set out in their action plans.

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