Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

July 30, 2009 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Sudbury Youth Prepare for Jobs

SUDBURY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 30, 2009) - The Government of Canada is supporting a local employment project that provides unemployed youth with employability skills and work experience. Mr. Greg Rickford, Member of Parliament for Kenora, 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 all Canadians develop the skills needed to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Rickford. "By supporting this project, we are helping Sudbury youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

The Sudbury YMCA Employment Services will receive $269,147 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Job Retention III project, which will help 20 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.

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

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.


BACKGROUNDER

The Sudbury YMCA Employment Services offers a comprehensive range of employment programs and services that promote self-awareness and self-reliance, adaptability and individual empowerment through the acquisition of employability and self-employment skills. These services help individuals find, create and maintain meaningful employment, thereby supporting personal development and motivating participants to reach their potential as contributing members of society. Between July 20, 2009, and July 16, 2010, the Sudbury YMCA Employment Services will help 20 area youth facing barriers to employment prepare for, obtain and maintain employment.
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