Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

March 15, 2010 08:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Summerside Youth Prepare for Jobs

SUMMERSIDE, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - March 15, 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. The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, 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 this project, we are helping Summerside youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

Community Connections Inc. will receive $80,473 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Bridges to Employment program, which will help eight youth with disabilities 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. 

"This program is a wonderful opportunity for the eight youth who will be involved, and we are very excited about it," said Ms. Sheila Gaudet, Administrative Accountant for Community Connections. "The skills and knowledge the participants will gain over the course of the program will help them take the next steps towards finding meaningful work in their communities. We are pleased to have the Government of Canada's support on this initiative, and we look forward to partnering with Service Canada in the following months."

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.

BACKGROUNDER

Community Connections Inc. is a non-profit organization that has been providing employment assistance services to youth and adults for over 15 years. Between March 1, 2010, and July 23, 2010, the organization will help eight youth with disabilities develop the broad range of skills and work experience they need to participate in the job market. Participants will have the opportunity to develop hands-on experience through work placements, and will take part in a variety of life and employability skills workshops.

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