Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

May 28, 2009 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Folk Festival Provide Valuable Work Experience

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - May 28, 2009) - The Regina Folk Festival will provide a local post-secondary graduate with marketing and business experience, thanks to support from the Government of Canada. Mr. Ray Boughen, Member of Parliament for Palliser, 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 all Canadians have the skills they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Boughen. "Our Government is proud to support projects that offer young Canadians the opportunity to develop the skills and experience that will help them reach their potential in their chosen fields."

Regina Folk Festival Inc. will receive $15,000 through the Career Focus program of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy. This funding allows the festival to offer a recent graduate an event assistant position that will help the youth make the transition from school to a career in event coordination.

"This partnership between the Regina Folk Festival and the Government of Canada has created an opportunity for enriching hands-on work experience for a recent graduate, which will help this individual prepare for future employment and make a real contribution to the development of healthy and vibrant communities," said Ms. Sandra Butel, Artistic Director of the Regina Folk Festival. "All of us at Regina Folk Festival Inc. are delighted by this investment in the non-profit cultural sector, and are eager to put the talents of our new staff member to work assisting with preparations for the 40th edition of the Regina Folk Festival taking place August 7 to 9 in Victoria Park, Regina."

The federal government is working 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 workforce and contribute to the quality of life in their communities.

The Career Focus program 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. 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, call 1 800 O-Canada, visit servicecanada.gc.ca or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

BACKGROUNDER

Since 1969, Regina Folk Festival Inc., formerly known as the Regina Guild of Folk Arts, has been presenting accessible, high-quality music and arts events to Regina and the surrounding areas. These events provide opportunities for artists to perform and contribute to the evolution of Canadian music festivals. Between May 4, 2009, and May 1, 2010, the festival will offer full-time event coordination work experience to a recent graduate of a university arts, marketing or business administration program. The participant will assist with several activities, including, communications, marketing, volunteer recruitment and training, as well as developing a new accreditation system for the folk festival. At the end of this project, the participant will have developed significant transferable skills and a strong network of contacts to successfully transition into the labour market.

Career Focus is one of three programs under the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy that help young Canadians get the information, skills and work experience they need to make a successful transition to the workplace. By linking highly skilled, post-secondary youth with potential employers who can provide them with career-related work experiences, Career Focus helps young Canadians acquire advanced employment skills and facilitates their transition into the rapidly changing labour market. The other two programs under the Strategy are Skills Link and Canada Summer Work Experience. More information is available at the following: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/yi/yep/newprog/yesprograms.shtml.

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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