Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

October 14, 2009 15:30 ET

Government of Canada Helps Youth in Rural Alberta Prepare for Jobs

BOW ISLAND, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 14, 2009) - 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. LaVar Payne, Member of Parliament for Medicine Hat, 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. Payne."By supporting this project, we are helping youth in the County of Forty Mile develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

Trihar Initiatives Ltd. will receive $95,151 in federal Skills Link funding to support its 40 Mile Works project, which will help 10 youth facing employment barriers develop life and job skills to ease their transition to work or return to school.

"Trihar Initiatives would like to thank the Government of Canada for its support of the 40 Mile Works youth employment project," said Ms. Patricia Haraga, President of Trihar Initiatives Ltd. "This project is a unique learning opportunity for our local youth that will yield many social and economic benefits for our community."

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 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 help foster 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.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.


BACKGROUNDER

Trihar Initiatives Ltd. was established in 2008 to provide and promote social and economic well-being in rural Alberta through innovative and entrepreunurial projects. Between October 12, 2009, and January 22, 2010, the organization's 40 Mile Works project will provide group-based skills workshops and work experience opportunities to 10 youth with employment barriers in the County of Forty Mile. Through the project, the participants will gain life and employability skills to assist them in entering 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