NEW MINAS, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 23, 2012) - The Government of Canada announced new funding to support youth in New Minas to gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to enter and succeed in the job market. This announcement was made by Dr. Kellie Leitch, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs and economic growth, and we recognize that our youth have much to contribute to Canada's long-term prosperity," said Dr. Leitch. "With investments to communities such as New Minas through the Youth Employment Strategy, we are helping young Canadians develop the skills and valuable job experience they need to prepare for the job opportunities of tomorrow."
Flowercart is receiving support through the Skills Link program to help youth overcome barriers to employment. Skills Link is part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES).
The participants in Flowercart's project will gain employability skills through workshops on topics such as career planning, effective communication and team building. Participants will then gain hands-on experience through work placement with local employers.
"Having multiple barriers to the work world can be overwhelming for young people and their families," said Roger Tatlock, Executive Director for Flowercart. "Flowercart's project has demonstrated that an intensive coupling of in-class learning and on-the-job work experience can help youth overcome many of these barriers. We appreciate the Government of Canada's continuing commitment to the Youth Employment Strategy that is inclusive of all youth."
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 so that more young people can gain tangible skills and experience. This funding will focus on connecting young Canadians with jobs in fields that are in high demand.
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 www.actionplan.gc.ca.
The Government of Canada is helping youth prepare for, find and maintain meaningful employment through enhanced online services available at Youth.gc.ca.
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This news release is available online at: www.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 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.