Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

April 08, 2009 16:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Alberta Youth Prepare for Jobs

DRUMHELLER, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - April 8, 2009) - Young Canadians facing barriers to employment will get valuable job preparation skills thanks to the Government of Canada's commitment to two local employment projects. Mr. Kevin Sorenson, Member of Parliament for Crowfoot, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"It is more important than ever that youth develop the skills needed to participate and succeed in today's job market," said Mr. Sorenson. "We are pleased to provide young Canadians facing employment barriers with an opportunity to gain the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

MH Enterprises will receive $467,613 in federal Skills Link funding to support two of its youth employment projects. The Employment Services for Youth project will help 113 youth facing barriers to employment take the first step toward gaining meaningful employment or returning to school. The Group-Based Employability Skills, Employability Skills through Work Experience and Work Experience project will provide 49 young Albertans facing barriers to employment with skills training through workshops and work experience.

"MH Enterprises is very excited to be afforded the opportunity to provide the Skills Link program for our rural community," said Ms. Marina Paarup, Director of MH Enterprises. "The services offered through these programs are extremely valuable resources for our community's youth, with far reaching benefits in the development of individual skills and in strengthening our local labour market. Our organization is committed to providing flexible and innovative services to assist our youth in preparing for, securing and maintaining employment."

The federal government is working in partnership with the provinces and territories and other stakeholders to make sure that Canadians get the training, skills and opportunities they need to participate in the work force and contribute to the quality of life in their communities.

Skills Link is part of the Government of Canada's strategy to create the best-educated, most-skilled and most flexible work force in the world. The Government underscored this commitment in January when it introduced Canada's Economic Action Plan. A key component of the Plan is to create more and better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development.

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, call 1-800-O-Canada, go on the Internet at or visit your local Service Canada Centre.

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With a strong professional network and knowledge of the local economy, MH Enterprises provides youth in the Drumheller area with career guidance and connections to the hidden job market. Between April 1, 2009, and March 31, 2010, MH Enterprises, through its Employment Services for Youth project will provide outreach services to 500 youth facing barriers to employment. Through this outreach, 113 youth will be selected to participate in the project to help them enhance their employability skills or return to school. During the same period, the organization will also provide group-based employability skills workshops and work experience to 49 youth facing barriers to employment through its Group-Based Employability Skills, Employability Skills through Work Experience and Work Experience project.

As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, the Skills Link program is one of three Government of Canada programs that help young Canadians facing barriers to employment obtain career information, develop skills, gain work experience, find good jobs and stay employed.

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.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office