Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 09, 2011 13:30 ET

Government of Canada Helps Lethbridge Youth Prepare for the Job Market

LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2011) - Local youth who face barriers to employment are now better prepared for future success through the Government of Canada's support for two youth employment projects. Mr. Jim Hillyer, Member of Parliament for Lethbridge, today celebrated these projects and announced funding for a new project, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"For many young Canadians, making the transition to the job market is a challenge, especially in today's environment," said Mr. Hillyer. "That's why our government is creating opportunities for youth to succeed through programs like Skills Link and Youth Awareness."

With assistance from the Government of Canada, the Lethbridge Youth Foundation and Lethbridge College each successfully delivered a Skills Link project, helping a total of 106 youth obtain the skills and information needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school.

Participants in the Lethbridge Youth Foundation's project attended life and employability workshops that focused on topics such as resumé writing, problem solving and teamwork. Following the workshops, the participants were matched with local employers to gain hands-on experience through job placements.

Lethbridge College's project was geared to youth interested in pursuing a career in the skilled trades. The participants attended group workshops and information sessions where they learned about various trades, including automotive repair, construction and plumbing.

Mr. Hillyer also announced that Powerful Living Inc. will receive Youth Awareness funding to organize the Work Able conference to educate local employers about hiring and working with youth with disabilities to build a more inclusive and productive workforce.

Upon completion of the projects, the Lethbridge Youth Foundation will have received over $146,000 and Lethbridge College will have received over $331,000 in federal Skills Link funding.

Powerful Living Inc. will receive over $37,000 in federal Youth Awareness funding to organize its Work Able conference.

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BACKGROUNDER

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 helps youth between 15 and 30 years of age who are not receiving Employment Insurance benefits develop basic and advanced employment skills. It assists participants through a coordinated, client-centred approach that offers longer-term supports and services tailored to their specific needs to help them find and keep a job.

The Youth Awareness program complements the Youth Employment Strategy. Funded under the Employment Insurance Act, Part II, the program 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 employment programs are also 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, visit servicecanada.gc.ca, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.


Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    819-994-5559