Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

December 21, 2010 15:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Somali Youth in Edmonton Prepare for Job Market

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Dec. 21, 2010) - Local Somali youth who face barriers to employment will get job-preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada's support for the Somali Youth Skills Project. Mr. Peter Goldring, Member of Parliament for Edmonton East, made the announcement today 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. Goldring. "That's why our government is creating opportunities for youth to succeed through support for initiatives like the Somali Youth Skills Project."

With assistance from the federal Skills Link program, the Somali Canadian Education and Rural Development Organization will help 12 Somali youth develop the skills and experience needed to either find a job or find the confidence to return to school.

Project participants will develop action plans, attend group-based employability workshops and take part in one week of job shadowing. They will then participate in a longer term work placement to put into practice the knowledge and skills gained during the workshops and job-shadowing opportunity.

Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment. These youth include single parents, Aboriginal youth, youth with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living in rural or remote areas, and youth who have dropped out of high school.

The Somali Canadian Education and Rural Development Organization will receive over $138,000 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Somali Youth Skills Project.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

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.

Through the 2010 "Jobs and Growth Budget," the Government of Canada committed an additional $60 million to the Skills Link and Career Focus programs. This additional one-time investment will enable more young Canadians to gain the experience and skills they need to successfully participate in the job market while the economy recovers.

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

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559