SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Oct. 3, 2012) - The Government of Canada announced new funding to support youth in Saskatoon to help them gain the knowledge they need to enter and succeed in the job market. The announcement was made by Maurice Vellacott, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Wanuskewin, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity," said Mr. Vellacott. "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 Saskatoon Industry Education Council is receiving over $65,000 from the Youth Awareness program to help youth learn about educational and career options. Youth Awareness complements the Youth Employment Strategy (YES). It provides financial assistance for projects designed to promote youth as the workforce of the future.
With annual funding 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.
The additional funding will be delivered through two Calls for Proposals-one for Career Focus and one for Skills Link. The Calls opened on September 5 and will close on November 2. Organizations across Canada are invited to apply. Information is available at servicecanada.gc.ca.
The Saskatoon Industry Education Council will organize a number of events and information sessions for high school students to showcase careers in sectors such as construction, health and information technology. Youth will obtain career planning information and gain hands-on experience through various activities, including Health Link, a one-day workshop on career opportunities in the health sector, and Skills Boot Camp, a seven-week program where students work with industry professionals to build scaled-down model homes.
"The funding from the Government of Canada is crucial to the success of the Saskatoon Industry Education Council," said Janet Uchacz-Hart, Executive Director of the Saskatoon Industry Education Council. "Last year we worked with over 7 000 youth in exploring career opportunities in the province of Saskatchewan. With expanding programs, this funding allows us to provide learning opportunities to young people in Saskatoon and the surrounding area with the assistance of our employers and associations."
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.
Youth Awareness complements the Youth Employment Strategy. It provides financial assistance for projects designed to promote youth as the workforce of the future and aims to expand their awareness of career and educational opportunities.
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.