Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

March 15, 2010 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Youth in Ottawa Prepare for Jobs

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 15, 2010) - Local youth who face barriers to employment will receive job-preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada's support for an employment project. Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament for Ottawa–Orléans, 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. Galipeau. "By supporting this project, we are helping youth in Ottawa develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

Bermo Management Services Inc. will receive $207,482 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Jeunes Entrepreneurs Bermo project, which will help 10 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. 

"What makes this project special is the fact that the participants are young entrepreneurs trying to find employment by starting their own small business," said Mr. Bert Alary, Coordinator for the Jeunes Entrepreneurs Bermo project. "Without the financial support given to the project by the federal government, they could not work on their business full time to make it a success and provide them an income in the future."

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

Bermo Management Services Inc. provides consulting services to the local business community. Between March 1, 2010, and December 31, 2010, the organization will help 10 youth facing barriers to employment gain the skills and knowledge they need to integrate into the labour market, become self-employed or return to school. Participants will develop and enhance their employability and entrepreneurial skills through seminars and interactive workshops, and through the development and implementation of a business plan.

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