Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

December 07, 2011 09:00 ET

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

BOTHWELL, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 7, 2011) - A local post-secondary graduate will get the opportunity to develop job skills through the Government of Canada's support for a youth employment project. Bev Shipley, Member of Parliament for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government's top priority is jobs and the economy," said MP Shipley. "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. Our government is proud to support projects that offer post-secondary graduates the opportunity to gain the skills and experience that will help them reach their full potential."

With assistance from the federal Career Focus program, Autism Canada Foundation will provide a recent post-secondary graduate with work experience as a public relations assistant manager at the organization's head office. The participant will develop and implement public relations strategies and help respond to enquiries from the media.

Autism Canada Foundation will receive over $19,000 in Career Focus funding for its youth employment project.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

BACKGROUNDER

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.

Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada's broader strategy to create an educated, skilled and flexible workforce. The Government highlighted its commitment to this strategy in Canada's Economic Action Plan. A key element of the Plan includes increasing and improving opportunities available to Canadian workers through skills development. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    819-994-5559