Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 15, 2011 08:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Youth in West Prince Prepare for Their Careers

ALBERTON, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Feb. 15, 2011) - Local youth will have the opportunity to learn about career options thanks to support from the Government of Canada. The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament for Egmont, 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 Minister Shea. "Our government is proud to support activities like this one that benefit local youth."

With assistance from the federal Youth Awareness program, West Prince Ventures Ltd. will organize a one-day career workshop for 80 youth, which will provide information on job trends and self-employment opportunities, as well as offer advice on making a successful transition into the workforce.

West Prince Ventures Ltd. will receive over $27,000 in federal Youth Awareness funding to support its youth forum.

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