Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

April 09, 2009 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Alberta Youth Prepare for Jobs

RED DEER, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - April 9, 2009) - Young Canadians facing barriers to employment will get job preparation training and work experience thanks to Government of Canada support for a local employment project. Mr. Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer, 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. Dreeshen. "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."

The Youth and Volunteer Centre of Red Deer will receive $328,809 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Youth Employment Program project. The project will help 20 youth facing barriers to employment develop the skills, knowledge and experience they need to effectively join the labour market.

"Our program combines learning life skills and connecting young adults with employers," said Mr. David Murphy, Executive Director of the Youth and Volunteer Centre of Red Deer. "Our funding partnership with the Government of Canada allows us to offer hope that helps our young adults follow their dreams. Our successful employment program enables young adults to become contributing citizens in our community of Red Deer and area."

The Government of Canada is working with the provinces and territories, communities and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the training, skills and opportunities they need to participate in the workforce 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 workforce 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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The Youth and Volunteer Centre of Red Deer is a non-profit community-based volunteer agency that has been serving central Alberta for more than 30 years. The Centre runs a variety of programs to help youth, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Boys and Girls Club, the 49th Street Youth Shelter, and Camp Alexo. Between April 1, 2009, and February 19, 2010, the Youth Employment Program project will provide employability skills training and work experience to 20 youth facing barriers to employment. The project will enable a successful transition to work or return to school.

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 young persons with disabilities, Aboriginal youth, recent immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas, youth who have dropped out of high school, and single parents. 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