ROGERSVILLE, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Nov. 23, 2012) - The Government of Canada is providing support for youth in Rogersville to help them gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to enter and succeed in the job market. The announcement was made by Tilly O'Neill Gordon, Member of Parliament for Miramichi, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government's top priorities are job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity," said Ms. O'Neill Gordon. "The Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy is helping youth develop the skills and gain the experience they need to get jobs now and prepare for the workforce of tomorrow."
The village of Rogersville is receiving over $109,000 from 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).
Participants in the village of Rogersville project will have the opportunity to acquire the skills they need to find a job through training workshops and work experience. In class, they will learn, among other things, how to use a computer, to conduct job searches on the Internet and to communicate effectively. In addition, each participant will be partnered with an area employer according to his or her learning needs and interests in fields such as tourism, construction and food service.
"The Village Council, the Municipality of Rogersville and the greater Rogersville region would like to thank the Government of Canada for its ongoing commitment to helping our young people find jobs," said Her Worship Pierrette Robichaud, Mayor of Rogersville. "The Skills Link project will provide 10 participants in the greater Rogersville area with practical work experience and work-related training, which we hope will help them obtain long-term employment in our community."
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.