Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 11, 2011 14:30 ET

Government of Canada Helps Post-Secondary Graduates in Alberta Gain Career-Related Experience

STONY PLAIN, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 11, 2011) - Post-secondary graduates will get the opportunity to enhance and develop their job skills through the Government of Canada's support for a youth employment program. The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, Minister for Status of Women and Member of Parliament for Edmonton – Spruce Grove, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"In today's environment, it is more important than ever that youth develop the skills they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Minister Ambrose. "Our government is proud to support this project that offers local post-secondary graduates the opportunity to develop the skills and gain the experience that will help them reach their full potential."

With assistance from the federal Career Focus program, the Alberta Community and Co-operative Association will organize employability workshops and job placements. This project will help 32 post-secondary graduates across Alberta enhance and develop their employment skills.

"The association has a wonderful track record of providing youth with their first career-related work experience. Their work has benefited youth and employers not only across Alberta, but also right here in Stony Plain," added Minister Ambrose. "I encourage youth and employers to apply to participate again."

The workshops will allow the participants to develop skills such as goal setting, time management and leadership. Following the workshops, the participants will apply their new skills and gain managerial experience in job placements in industries such as marketing, finance and agriculture. 

The Alberta Community and Co-operative Association will receive a total of over $415,000 in Career Focus funding for its Career Internship Program. 

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.


As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, the Career Focus program is one of three programs that help young Canadians, particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information, develop skills, gain work experience, find good jobs and stay employed. The other two programs are Summer Work Experience and Skills Link.

Career Focus links young post-secondary graduates with potential employers who can provide them with career-related work experience and help them acquire advanced employment skills to facilitate their transition into the rapidly changing labour market.

Through the 2010 "Jobs and Growth Budget," the Government of Canada committed an additional $60 million to the Skills Link and Career Focus programs. This additional one-time investment will enable more young Canadians to gain the experience and skills they need to successfully participate in the labour market while the economy recovers.

Youth employment programs are also part of the Government of Canada's strategy to create the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world. 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

The Career Focus program is delivered by Service Canada, which provides one-stop personalized services for Government of Canada programs, services and benefits. For more information about this program, visit, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office