Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

March 12, 2010 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Youth in Amherst Prepare for Labour Market

AMHERST, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - March 12, 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. Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley, 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. Armstrong. "By supporting this project, we are helping youth in Amherst develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

The Alpha Outreach Society will receive $96,766 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Cornerstone Youth Employability project, which will help four 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. 

"Partnering with the Government of Canada and other community-based organizations has helped to create an exciting opportunity for our youth," said Ms. Angela Colcorne, President of the Alpha Outreach Society. "This financial support will establish a firm foundation, and we're thrilled to play a role in this initiative." 

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.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

backgrounder

The Alpha Outreach Society is a non-profit organization that promotes social and economic development by providing shelter, education and employment services. Between March 1, 2010, and December 3, 2010, the Society, through its Cornerstone Youth Employability project, will help four youth facing barriers to employment gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to make the transition to the labour market or return to school. Participants will take part in employability skills workshops, set up a youth centre at the Cornerstone Cultural Centre and implement a supporting promotional strategy. The centre will include a gym and lounge, an information area and a canteen. Participants will provide client services, facilitate youth programming and coordinate events. 

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