Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

August 11, 2011 14:15 ET

Government of Canada Helps Saskatoon Youth Prepare for Their Careers

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Aug. 11, 2011) - Local youth will have the opportunity to learn about career options thanks to support from the Government of Canada. Mr. Brad Trost, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon–Humboldt, 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 young Canadians have the skills and information they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Trost. "Our government is proud to support activities like this youth employment project that benefit both employers and youth."

With assistance from the federal Youth Awareness program, the Saskatoon District Industry-Education Council will organize a number of activities, events and internships for youth that will provide them with job market information, career planning strategies and work experience. These opportunities for youth will showcase careers in sectors such as construction, health, and information technology.

Mr. Trost also attended a luncheon hosted by the Saskatoon District Industry-Education Council to celebrate the success of one of its other initiatives, the Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship Program.

The Saskatoon District Industry-Education Council will receive over $89,000 in federal Youth Awareness funding to support its latest youth employment project.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

BACKGROUNDER

The Youth Awareness program, funded under the Employment Insurance Act, Part II, provides financial assistance for projects designed to address specific labour market requirements facing communities. It also aims to promote youth as the workforce of the future among recipients, employers, communities and young Canadians.

Youth Awareness 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 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 www.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