Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 07, 2011 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Promotes Careers in the Skilled Trades and Technology Sectors for Alberta Youth

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 7, 2011) - Alberta youth will have the opportunity to showcase their talents in the skilled trades and learn about career options in the trades and technology sectors, thanks to support from the Government of Canada. The Honourable Laurie Hawn, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament of Edmonton Centre, 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 young Canadians have the skills and information they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Hawn. "Our government is proud to support activities like the 2011 Alberta Provincial Skills Canada Competition that benefit both employers and youth."

The public is invited to cheer on high school and post-secondary competitors at the 2011 Alberta Provincial Skills Canada Competition, which is taking place on May 11 and 12 at the Edmonton Exposition and Conference Centre. The event will also include booths featuring information about local industry, businesses and educational institutions, presentations on career and apprenticeship opportunities, and hands-on demonstrations of the skilled trades and other professions.

The Government of Canada is a strong supporter of Skills Canada and its provincial and territorial chapters, which host annual skills competitions and promote careers in the skilled trades and technology sectors to Canadian youth.

Skills Canada Alberta will receive over $169,000 in federal Youth Awareness funding to support the 2011 Alberta Provincial Skills Canada Competition.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Backgrounder

The Youth Awareness program, funded under Employment Insurance Part II, provides financial assistance for projects designed to address specific labour market requirements facing communities, and aims to promote youth as the workforce of the future among recipients, employers, communities and young Canadians.

Youth Awareness 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 Youth Awareness 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

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