DUNMORE, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 13, 2012) - The Government of Canada is providing funding to promote careers in the trades, technologies and service industries to youth in southeast Alberta. The announcement was made by LaVar Payne, Member of Parliament for Medicine Hat, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity," said Mr. Payne. "The Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy is helping youth develop the skills and gain the experience they need to get jobs now and prepare for the workforce of tomorrow."
Prairie Rose School Division No. 8, on behalf of the South Eastern Alberta Partners for Youth Career Development, is receiving over $20,000 from the Youth Awareness program to organize the 2013 Southeast Alberta Regional Skills Canada Competition, which will be held in early May 2013. Youth Awareness complements the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES). It provides financial assistance for projects designed to promote youth as the workforce of the future.
The 2013 Southeast Alberta Regional Skills Canada Competition will provide an opportunity for high school students to compete in over 30 trades and technology categories and be measured against industry standards. In addition to the competition, the young people in attendance will be able to watch demonstrations and participate in Try-A-Trade® activities.
"On behalf of the Southeast Alberta Regional Skills Canada Competition, we would like to thank the Government of Canada for its support," said Doug Nicholls, Superintendent, Prairie Rose School Division No. 8. "It's wonderful to see the level of competition the students bring to this event, which allows them to fully showcase their skills to future employers."
With annual funding of more than $300 million, YES helps youth, particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information, develop employment skills, find jobs and stay employed. YES includes the Skills Link and Career Focus programs and the Canada Summer Jobs initiative, which creates thousands of job opportunities for students every summer.
Economic Action Plan 2012 is providing an additional $50 million over two years to enhance YES through a new initiative that will connect young Canadians with jobs that are in high demand and help them develop tangible skills and gain work experience.
"Skilled tradespeople are in demand, and skills competitions are an exceptional way to inspire young people to explore rewarding careers in the trades, technologies and service industries," added Mr. Payne.
Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada's broader strategy to create an educated, skilled and flexible workforce. 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 actionplan.gc.ca.
The Government of Canada is helping youth plan their careers, learn new skills and find jobs through enhanced online services available at Youth.gc.ca.
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This news release is available online at: actionplan.gc.ca.
Youth Awareness complements the Youth Employment Strategy. It provides financial assistance for projects designed to promote youth as the workforce of the future and aims to expand their awareness of career and educational opportunities.
The Youth Employment Strategy is the Government of Canada's commitment to help youth make a successful transition to the workplace.
Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment, including youth who are single parents, youth with disabilities and youth in rural and remote areas, to develop the skills and gain the experience needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school.
Career Focus provides funding to employers to hire young post-secondary graduates to give them career-related work experience and help them acquire skills to transition into the job market.
Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.
To learn more about Canada's Youth Employment Strategy and other youth employment initiatives, please visit Youth.gc.ca.