Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 01, 2011 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Youth in Swift Current Prepare for Their Careers

SWIFT CURRENT, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Feb. 1, 2011) - Young people will have the opportunity to learn about careers and the needs of the local job market thanks to support from the Government of Canada. Mr. David Anderson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and for the Canadian Wheat Board, and Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills–Grasslands, 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. Anderson. "Our government is proud to support activities like this one that benefit both employers and youth."

With assistance from the federal Youth Awareness program, Great Plains College will organize and promote the Connection to Careers job fair, taking place on February 16, 2011. The event will introduce youth to local employers, community agencies and post-secondary institutions. The fair will also include presentations to youth about employment opportunities and career possibilities in the region, as well as the education and skills required to fill these positions.

Great Plains College will receive over $14,000 in federal Youth Awareness funding to support its Connect to Careers job fair.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

BACKGROUNDER

The Youth Awareness program, funded under Employment Insurance Part II, 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 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 Youth Awareness 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

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