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November 13, 2007 12:03 ET

Government of Canada Announces Investment to Promote Skilled Trades to Young People in Northwest Alberta

FAIRVIEW, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 13, 2007) - The Government of Canada today announced funding for the 2008 Northwest Alberta Regional Skills Canada Competition, to help promote careers in the skilled trades to young people in northwest Alberta.

Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament for Peace River, announced $16,500 in Youth Awareness funding for this initiative on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development.

"The Government of Canada is committed to creating the best educated, most skilled, and most flexible work force in the world," said Mr. Warkentin. "This investment will help youth in northwest Alberta learn about career opportunities available in skilled trades and technologies."

"The Northwest Alberta Regional Skills Canada Competition is a wonderful example of government, education, industry, and labour working together to promote the trades and technology industries as being viable, first-rate career choices," said Shirley Lyman, coordinator of the Northwest Alberta Regional Skills Canada Competition. "Our team is excited, hard at work, and looking forward to hosting a bigger and better competition in April of 2008."

Established in 1989, Skills Canada offers skilled trades and technology competitions and other awareness programs for thousands of young Canadians. The 2008 Northwest Alberta Regional Skills Canada Competition will be hosted by Peace River School Division #10 in Fairview, Alberta, in the spring of 2008, and will help raise awareness of the opportunities available in these professions to thousands of young people in the province. The Olympic-style competition will allow students to compete in areas such as carpentry, welding, graphic design, and culinary arts, among others, with the aim of making these occupations more visible and tangible for teachers, students, and parents. This project is one of many services funded through Service Canada to help people find jobs.

The 2008 competition is supported by the Government of Canada, as well as through in-kind contributions totalling more than $30,000 from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

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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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