Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

December 20, 2011 08:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Young Parents in Charlottetown Prepare for the Job Market

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Dec. 20, 2011) - Young parents in the Charlottetown area who face barriers to employment will get job preparation training through the Government of Canada's support for an employment program. The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue and Minister responsible for Prince Edward Island, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government's top priority is jobs and the economy," said Minister Shea. "For many young Canadians, making the transition to the job market is a challenge, especially in today's environment. That's why our government is creating opportunities for youth to succeed through support for initiatives like the Life Management Program."

With assistance from the federal Skills Link program, the Adventure Group will help 12 young parents develop the skills needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school.

Project participants will attend life and employability skills workshops to learn about healthy living, parenting skills, effective communication and job search techniques, among other topics.

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

The Adventure Group will receive over $102,000 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Life Management Program.

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.

Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada's broader strategy to create an educated, skilled and flexible workforce. The Government highlighted its commitment to this strategy in Canada's Economic Action Plan. A key element of the Plan includes increasing and improving opportunities available to 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