Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

December 06, 2010 10:00 ET

The Government of Canada Helps Youth and Post-Secondary Graduates in Red Deer Prepare for the Job Market

RED DEER, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Dec. 6, 2010) - Local youth and post-secondary graduates will get help preparing for jobs through the Government of Canada's support for two employment programs. Mr. Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"For many young Canadians, making the transition to the job market is a challenge, especially in today's environment," said Mr. Dreeshen. "That's why our government is creating opportunities for youth and post-secondary graduates to succeed through support for initiatives like these programs."

The Career Assistance Network will coordinate two programs: the Industrial Sector Employment Introduction for Youth Program; and the Career Focus Community Coordinator Program.

The Industrial Sector Employment Introduction for Youth Program, with assistance from the federal Skills Link program, will help 24 youth develop the skills and experience needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school.

Program participants will take part in safety certification training, life and employability skills workshops and work placements. The workshops will focus on topics such as résumé writing and money management. The work placements will allow the participants to put into practice the knowledge and skills gained during the workshops, as well as gain on-the-job experience.

With assistance from the federal Career Focus program, the Career Focus Community Coordinator Program will help an additional 10 recent post-secondary graduates apply the skills they acquired through their education.

Program participants will get career-related experience through work placements, and will participate in interview preparation and résumé writing activities.

Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment, such as single parents, Aboriginal youth, youth with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas, and youth who have dropped out of high school.

Career Focus links 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.

The Career Assistance Network will receive over $196,000 in federal Skills Link and Career Focus funding to support these two programs.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.


As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, Skills Link and Career Focus are 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. Summer Work Experience is the third program under the Youth Employment Strategy.

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 job 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 Skills Link and Career Focus programs are delivered by Service Canada, which provides one-stop personalized services for Government of Canada programs, services and benefits. For more information about these programs, 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