Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

October 28, 2009 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Career Development Opportunities for Youth in Manitoba

DELORAINE, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Oct. 28, 2009) - Youth in Manitoba will benefit from career development activities thanks to support from the Government of Canada. 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 all Canadians have the skills and information they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Tweed. "Our government is proud to support programs that benefit both employers and youth."

Prairie Skills Employment Services will receive $16,970 through the Government of Canada's Youth Awareness program. This funding will help the organization promote awareness of labour market information and career planning through an annual youth information fair, an annual career day, youth seminars and 12 monthly roundtable discussions.

"We are thankful for the support we received for this project as it will allow us to address specific labour market issues facing Southwest Manitoba," said Ms. Tracey Raikes, Employment Services Coordinator for Prairies Skills Employment Services. "Participants are provided with labour market information and awareness for career planning along with personal development skill tools. This will give them the opportunity to discover alternative possibilities and options for future employment career plans."

The Youth Awareness program 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 Youth Awareness 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, go on the Internet at www.servicecanada.gc.ca, or visit your local Service Canada Centre.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

BACKGROUNDER

Prairie Skills Employment Services provides employment-related services to unemployed Manitobans living in the Prairie Skills service area. Between November 2, 2009, and October 29, 2010, the organization will assist employers in the Deloraine, Killarney, Boissevain and Melita communities develop human resource strategies to help them answer both short- and long-term employment needs. Youth who face barriers to employment will benefit from an annual youth information fair, an annual career day, two seminars and 12 monthly roundtable sessions that will help them to prepare for, obtain and maintain employment.

The federal Youth Awareness program, funded under Employment Insurance Part II, targets projects that respond to specific labour market requirements and adjustments over time, and aims to promote youth as the workforce of the future among recipients, employers, communities and young Canadians.

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