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April 28, 2008 11:15 ET

The Government of Canada Helps Youth in the Havelock Area Find Work

HAVELOCK, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 28, 2008) - Dean Del Mastro, Member of Parliament for Peterborough, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced funding for the Training Education and Careers Havelock (TEACH) Centre to help 30 local youth at risk find and maintain meaningful employment.

"The Government of Canada is committed to creating the best educated, most skilled, and most flexible work force in the world," said Mr. Del Mastro. "Our partnership with the TEACH Centre will help young people who face barriers to employment get the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to succeed."

The TEACH Centre will help 30 young people from the Havelock area develop the life and job skills they need to enter the labour force or return to school. Participants in the program will become more employable through a combination of work-experience placements and workshops on problem solving, goal setting, conflict resolution, and the job market.

The Government of Canada is committing $390,888 to this project through Skills Link, one of Canada's youth employment programs. The Skills Link program involves employers, community organizations, and other levels of government working together to ensure that young people have opportunities to develop their skills and become contributing members of their communities.

This project reflects the Government of Canada's commitment to creating a strong economy for all Canadians. Through its Advantage Canada plan, the Government is building on Canada's strengths and gaining a global competitive advantage by reducing taxes for all Canadians, increasing competition in the marketplace, and building modern infrastructure.

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Skills Link

The Skills Link program is one of three Government of Canada programs that help young Canadians (aged 15 to 30) obtain career information, develop skills, gain work experience, find good jobs, and stay employed. The two other programs are Summer Work Experience and Career Focus.

Skills Link focuses on helping young people who face barriers to employment. These young people include high school drop-outs, single parents, Aboriginal youth, young people with disabilities, youth in rural areas, and recent immigrants. Summer Work Experience helps secondary and post-secondary students find summer jobs. Career Focus helps post-secondary graduates develop advanced skills and find careers in their fields. All three programs provide a range of activities that can be tailored to meet individual needs.

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