Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 17, 2010 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Youth in Brandon Prepare for Labour Market

BRANDON, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Feb. 17, 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. Merv Tweed, Member of Parliament for Brandon–Souris, 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. Tweed. "By supporting this project, we are helping Brandon youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

The Optimist Club of Brandon will receive $37,398 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Career and Employment Youth Services (CEYS) program, which will help 60 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. 

"With the recent downturn in our economy, the competition for jobs has grown significantly, and, as such, our youth at risk population struggles at securing meaningful employment," said Mr. Richard Greer, Project Coordinator for CEYS. "CEYS will assist a number of young job seekers in acquiring positions that impact themselves, their families and their communities. Without this assistance, a vast number of these job seekers will give up and remove themselves from the labour force." 

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.

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BACKGROUNDER

The Optimist Club of Brandon, through its Career and Employment Youth Services (CEYS) program, provides individualized support to help youth overcome barriers to employment and develop the broad range of skills and knowledge required to participate in the current and future labour market. Between February 1, 2010, and March 31, 2010, CEYS will provide client assessment services to 60 youth facing barriers to employment and case management services to 50 of the participants. The organization will also deliver mentoring services to eight youth, which include a job readiness workshop and a one-month internship. These interventions will assist the youth in successfully integrating into the labour market or returning 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, 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