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August 15, 2008 11:15 ET

Canada's Government Helps Steinbach Area Youth Get Skills that Lead to Good Jobs

STEINBACH, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Aug. 15, 2008) - Youth from the Steinbach area will develop the skills they need to find and keep quality jobs through a new project supported by the federal government and the Mennonite Heritage Village. The Honourable Vic Toews, Member of Parliament for Provencher and President of the Treasury Board, announced the project today on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development.

"Prime Minister Stephen Harper and our government are committed to creating the best educated, most skilled, and most flexible work force in the world," said Minister Toews. "Our partnership with the Mennonite Heritage Village will provide local youth with the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to take advantage of the local job market."

The Government of Canada is committing $146,738 in Skills Link funding for the Mennonite Heritage Village to help 20 unemployed youth with barriers to employment develop their life and employability skills and acquire work experience. Participants will become more employable through a six-week work placement and workshops on topics including problem-solving, job-search techniques, and communication skills.

"The Mennonite Heritage Village is pleased to sponsor a federally funded project designed to prepare 20 area youths for meaningful employment," said Bob Strong, Executive Director of the Mennonite Heritage Village. "We look forward to working with the program delivery team and project coordinators to ensure a successful outcome."

The federal government is funding this project through Service Canada's Skills Link, one of Canada's youth employment programs. The Skills Link program involves employers, community organizations, and other levels of government in ensuring that young people have the opportunity 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 not only focusing on developing work-force skills, but is also building on Canada's strengths and gaining a global competitive advantage by reducing taxes for all Canadians, increasing competition in the marketplace, building modern infrastructure, and eliminating the debt.

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BACKGROUNDER

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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