Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

May 20, 2009 17:30 ET

Government of Canada Helps Youth Prepare for Jobs in Weyburn

WEYBURN, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - May 20, 2009) - Weyburn youth will benefit from the Government of Canada's support of a local employment project. Mr. Ed Komarnicki, Member of Parliament for Souris- Moose Mountain and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and to the Minister of Labour, 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 our youth develop the skills needed to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Komarnicki. "We are pleased to provide young Canadians with an opportunity to gain the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

TOP Youth Employment Services Inc. will receive $206,511 in federal Skills Link funding to support a project that will help 24 youth facing employment barriers prepare for and find meaningful employment.

"The funding that we are receiving will help provide unemployed, at-risk youth with the opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge," explained Ms. Tammie Jack, Director of TOP Youth Employment Services Inc. "This project will help them find employment or provide them with the tools that will allow them to return to school, and further their education."

The federal government is working with the provinces and territories, communities and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the training, skills and opportunities they need to participate in the workforce and contribute to their communities.

Skills Link 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.

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, call 1-800-O-Canada, visit servicecanada.gc.ca or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

BACKGROUNDER

The TOP Youth Employment Services Inc. project is dedicated to helping at-risk youth achieve their full potential by creating opportunities for them to explore their career futures, gain valuable work skills and build their self-confidence. Between May 11, 2009, and May 7, 2010, the organization will provide outreach, client assessment, case management services and group-based employability skills and work experience interventions to improve the employability of 24 youth facing barriers to employment, and to help these youth participate in the current and future labour market.

As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, the Skills Link program is one of three programs that help young Canadians facing barriers to employment obtain career information, develop skills, gain work experience, find good jobs and stay employed.

Skills Link focuses on helping youth facing barriers to employment, such as single parents, Aboriginal youth, young persons with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas and youth who have dropped out of high school. It offers a client-centred approach based on assessing an individual's specific needs. The program supports youth in developing basic and advanced employment skills. Eligible participants between 15 and 30 years of age-who are not receiving Employment Insurance benefits-are assisted through a coordinated approach, offering longer-term supports and services that can help them find and keep a job.

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