Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

August 10, 2009 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Grande Prairie Youth Prepare for Jobs

GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 10, 2009) - Aboriginal youth facing barriers to employment will gain skills and work experience through the Government of Canada's support for a local employment project. Mr. Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament for Peace River, 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 develop the skills needed to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Warkentin. "By supporting this project, we are helping Peace Country youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) will receive $150,255 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Aboriginal Industrial Workers Employment Program, which will help 12 youth facing employment barriers develop life and job skills to ease their transition to work or return to school.

"GPRC is excited and proud to be offering the Aboriginal Industrial Workers Employment Program in collaboration with the Government of Canada," said Ms. Susan Bansgrove, Vice-President Academic. "This program empowers Aboriginal youth by helping them to attain the skills required to make informed career and employment decisions based on their abilities, interests and personal aspirations. For some, this will mean becoming 'work ready,' while for others, it will mean becoming 'college ready.' But for all participants, this program means personal empowerment and the opportunity to become active participants in the economic life of our region. GPRC is committed to meeting the educational needs of all learners in our region."

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.

The federal government is working with the provinces and territories, community organizations and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the training, skills and opportunities they need to participate in the workforce and contribute to 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 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 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, visit www.servicecanada.gc.ca or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.


BACKGROUNDER

Established in 1966, Grande Prairie Regional College is a publicly supported post-secondary institution that offers educational, athletic and cultural opportunities through a wide variety of quality programs and services. Between August 10, 2009, and December 4, 2009, the College's Aboriginal Industrial Workers Employment Program will help 12 Aboriginal youth facing employment barriers gain employability skills and work experience to make the transition into the labour market or return to school.

As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, the Skills Link 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 Career Focus.

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.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

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