REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Dec. 3, 2012) - The Government of Canada is providing support for youth in Regina to help them gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to enter and succeed in the job market. The announcement was made by Ray Boughen, Member of Parliament for Palliser, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government is committed to giving young Canadians more opportunities to develop the skills that are required for today's labour market," said Mr. Boughen. "By helping youth on their path to prosperity, we are helping to contribute to Canada's overall long-term growth and competitiveness."
Prairie Spirit Connections Inc. is receiving over $41,000 from the Skills Link program to help Aboriginal youth overcome barriers to employment. Skills Link is part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES).
Through the Prairie Spirit Connections Inc. project, a group of Aboriginal youth will obtain on-the-job experience and receive coaching from local employers. Employment counsellors will meet individually with participants to develop action plans to help them reach their educational and career goals.
"Prairie Spirit Connections is excited to receive funding from the Government of Canada," said Denise Desjarlais, Executive Director, Prairie Spirit Connections Inc. "We will connect employment-ready youth to employers for work experience, training, mentorship and skills development."
With an annual budget of more than $300 million, YES helps youth, particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information, develop employment skills, find jobs and stay employed. YES includes the Skills Link and Career Focus programs and the Canada Summer Jobs initiative, which creates thousands of job opportunities for students every summer.
Economic Action Plan 2012 is providing an additional $50 million over two years to enhance YES through a new initiative that will connect young Canadians with jobs that are in high demand and help them develop tangible skills and gain work experience.
Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada's broader strategy to create an educated, skilled and flexible workforce. 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 actionplan.gc.ca.
The Government of Canada is helping youth plan their careers, learn new skills and find jobs through enhanced online services available at Youth.gc.ca.
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This news release is available online at: actionplan.gc.ca.
The Youth Employment Strategy is the Government of Canada's commitment to help youth make a successful transition to the workplace.
Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment, including youth who are single parents, youth with disabilities and youth in rural and remote areas, to develop the skills and gain the experience needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school.
Career Focus provides funding to employers to hire young post-secondary graduates to give them career-related work experience and help them acquire skills to transition into the job market.
Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.
To learn more about Canada's Youth Employment Strategy and other youth employment initiatives, please visit Youth.gc.ca.