Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

August 30, 2010 11:00 ET

The Government of Canada Helps Youth With Mental Health Disabilities in Calgary Prepare for the Labour Market

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 30, 2010) - Local youth with mental health disabilities who face barriers to employment will get job preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada's support for an employment project. The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre-North, 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 Prentice. "By supporting this project, we are helping Calgary youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

McBride Career Group will receive $219,815 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Growth 4 U project, which will help 12 youth with mental health disabilities facing employment barriers develop life and job skills to ease their transition to work or return to school.

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

"Given the amazing success that participants have experienced with the Growth 4 U project taking place in Edmonton, we are very excited at the opportunity to extend this project to the Calgary region," said Ms. Shannon Mervold, Regional Director of McBride Career Group.

The federal government is working with the provinces and territories, community organizations and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the training, skills and opportunities they need to get jobs and contribute to their communities.

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.

Skills Link is 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 www.actionplan.gc.ca.

The Skills Link 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 www.servicecanada.gc.ca, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

Backgrounder

McBride Career Group specializes in career counselling, occupational training and professional development for unemployed Albertans. Through the Growth 4 U project, 12 youth with mental health disabilities will attend employability workshops tailored to their specific needs, and will gain hands-on experience through work placements. The workshops will focus on topics such as problem solving, teamwork, résumé writing and job preparation, while the work placements will allow the participants to put into practice the knowledge and skills gained throughout the project.

As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, the Skills Link 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 Career Focus.

Skills Link focuses on helping youth facing barriers to employment, such as single parents, Aboriginal youth, young persons with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas, and youth who have dropped out of high school. It offers a client-centred approach based on assessing an individual's specific needs. The program supports youth in developing basic and advanced employment skills. Eligible participants between 15 and 30 years of age (who are not receiving Employment Insurance benefits) are assisted through a coordinated approach, offering longer-term supports and services that can help them find and keep a job.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559