Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

July 31, 2009 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Vancouver Youth Prepare for Jobs

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 31, 2009) - As part of an employment project supported by the Government of Canada, Vancouver youth will receive assistance in developing skills that will help them find and keep a quality job or go back to school. Mr. Andrew Saxton, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, 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. Saxton. "By supporting this project, we are helping Vancouver youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

Gordon Neighbourhood House will receive $476,615 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Youth S.E.A.R.Ch. (Youth Seeking Employment and Resources for Change) project, which will help 48 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 people 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

Between April 1, 2009, and March 31, 2010, Gordon Neighbourhood House will deliver the Youth S.E.A.R.Ch. (Youth Seeking Employment and Resources for Change) project to 48 youth, ages 15 to 30, who face multiple barriers to employment and lack the social and personal support required to acquire and maintain employment. The project will consist of group-based employability skills workshops and work experience placements. This project will help clients become employed or self-employed 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 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 people 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