Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

September 21, 2011 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Youth in Fort St. John Prepare for the Job Market

FORT ST. JOHN, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2011) - Local youth who face barriers to employment will get job preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada's support for an employment project. Mr. Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"As a former teacher and tradesman, I understand that for many young Canadians, making the transition to the job market is a challenge, especially in today's environment," said Mr. Zimmer. "That's why our government is creating opportunities for youth to succeed through support for initiatives like the Discovery to Apprenticeship program."

With assistance from the federal Skills Link program, UFCW Local 247 will help eight youth develop the skills and experience needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school.

The participants will attend workshops that focus on topics such as job search strategies, teamwork and computer skills. Participants will also benefit from work placements, based on their specific needs and interests, in various skilled trades such as carpentry, welding and construction, allowing them to gain hands-on experience.

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.

UFCW Local 247 will receive over $119,000 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Discovery to Apprenticeship program.

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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 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

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, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada