Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

January 27, 2010 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Williams Lake Youth Prepare for Jobs

WILLIAMS LAKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 27, 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. Richard M. Harris, Member of Parliament for Cariboo-Prince George, 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. Harris. "By supporting this project, we are helping Williams Lake youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

The Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake and District will receive $44,223 in federal Skills Link funding to support its youth employment project, which will help three 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 program is a great fit with our long-term commitment to helping youth who face significant challenges in their lives to successfully live independently," explained Ms. Monica Johnson, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club. "A program such as this one provides the youth with pre-employment skills development and on-site work mentoring, which can make all the difference."

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

The Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake and District is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational programs and outreach services to the youth and families of Williams Lake. Between January 25, 2010, and July 23, 2010, the organization will help three youth facing employment barriers become employed or return to school through 8 weeks of group-based employability skills workshops and 16 weeks of work experience placements. These activities will help participants develop their professional and social skills to enable their transition into the labour market.

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