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September 18, 2007 08:05 ET

Canada's New Government Announces Funding to Promote Skilled Trades to Young People in New Brunswick

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Sept. 18, 2007) - Mike Allen, Member of Parliament for Tobique-Mactaquac, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, and Ed Doherty, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour for the Government of New Brunswick, today announced more than $147,000 in funding over two years for Skills Canada New Brunswick. This funding will be used to build awareness of the career options in skilled trades available to young people across the province.

"Canada's New Government is committed to creating the best educated, most skilled, and most flexible workforce in the world," said Mr. Allen. "This investment will help New Brunswick students learn about career opportunities available in skilled trades and technologies."

"The mission of Skills Canada New Brunswick complements our goal of reaching self-sufficiency by the year 2026, so we are proud to support this great organization," said Mr. Doherty. "Giving young people exposure to the skilled trades through different activities also complements the commitments we have set out in our education plan, When Kids Come First, our vision for building the best education system in Canada."

Of the funding announced today, $126,000 is being provided under the auspices of Service Canada's Youth Awareness program, and $21,000 is being provided by the New Brunswick Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour.

Since it was established in 1989, Skills Canada New Brunswick has been helping to raise awareness of the opportunities available in skilled trades and technologies to thousands of young people in New Brunswick. Through provincial competitions, in-school presentations, and other informative appearances, Skills Canada New Brunswick helps make these occupations more visible and tangible for teachers, students, and parents. The aim is to enhance the image and status of careers in skilled trades so that youth will actively seek them after high school. This project is one of many services funded through Service Canada to help people find jobs.

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Backgrounder

Youth Awareness Program

Youth Awareness is an initiative, funded under Employment Insurance (EI) Part II, that complements the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy. Youth Awareness projects are delivered at the national, regional, and local levels.

Youth Awareness provides financial assistance for projects designed to address labour-market issues facing communities, and can be used to develop and implement human-resource strategies to meet employers' current and future human-resource needs.

National priorities for Youth Awareness have been set to promote a pan-Canadian approach to delivering Youth Awareness projects. The following priorities were developed in collaboration with Service Canada Centres, and have been approved for fiscal year 2007-2008:

- Skills gaps-to expand young people's awareness of the shortages in labour in certain skilled trades sectors of employment

- Labour force integration of rural youth-to improve opportunities for youth living in smaller, rural communities where jobs and employment services are more difficult to find

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