Service Canada

Service Canada

February 22, 2008 14:45 ET

The Government of Canada Invests in Initiative to Boost Career Opportunities for Saskatoon Youth

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2008) - Maurice Vellacott, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Wanuskewin, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced $20,128 in funding for the Saskatoon and District Industry Education Council. This funding will be used to create a labour-market resource database, called FuturePaths, to provide young people in the Saskatoon region with information about local employers and career information.

"The Canadian government is committed to creating the best educated, most skilled, and most flexible work force in the world," said Mr. Vellacott. "This investment will help Saskatoon youth learn about what career opportunities are available to them, and how to get the skills that matter to launch their careers."

The FuturePaths database will be available at schools and community-based organizations, and will give Saskatoon youth more information on career planning, internship opportunities, and business tours.

The Saskatoon and District Industry Education Council has a history of helping youth through its SMART (Students Moving Ahead with Real-world Training) programming, which includes career expositions, career-planning tools, and work-experience placements.

Service Canada is providing funding for this project through the Youth Awareness initiative. Youth Awareness activities, delivered by employers, employer associations, and organizations, respond to the changing needs of the labour market and encourage communities to recognize youth as the work force of the future.

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Youth Awareness

Youth Awareness is an initiative, funded under the Employment Insurance (EI) program, 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 that face communities, which 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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