Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

October 14, 2010 13:30 ET

The Government of Canada Helps Fredericton Youth Prepare for Jobs

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Oct. 14, 2010) - Local youth who face barriers to employment will get job preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada's support for an employment project. The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Minister for the Atlantic Gateway and Member of Parliament for Fredericton, 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 youth develop the skills they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Minister Ashfield. "By supporting this project, we are helping Fredericton youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

The Boys and Girls Club of Fredericton will receive $58,603 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Career Link project, which will help up to 40 youth facing employment barriers develop life and job skills to ease their transition to work or return to school.

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. 

"In the past two years, Career Link has helped over 100 at-risk youth gain employment and life skills needed for their futures," said Ms. Karen MacAlpine, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Fredericton. "Over 20 high-risk youth have gained full-time employment, and the program has seen nearly 100 percent completion rates for participants. The most significant part of the program is that youth are motivated to participate by their own goals, and they can attend based on a schedule that works for them, their challenges and their requirements. Career Link is a terrific model of how we can best help youth by giving them the tools and assistance that they need to help themselves. We are very excited to once again provide this program to the community in partnership with Service Canada."

The federal government is working with the provinces and territories, community organizations and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the training, skills and opportunities they need to get jobs and contribute to their communities.

Through the 2010 "Jobs and Growth Budget," the Government of Canada committed an additional $60 million to the Skills Link and Career Focus programs. This additional one-time investment will enable more young Canadians to gain the experience and skills they need to successfully participate in the labour market while the economy recovers.

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. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Backgrounder

Since 1968, the Boys and Girls Club of Fredericton has provided a safe and supportive place where youth and adults can work together, overcome barriers and experience new opportunities. From September 27, 2010, to March 25, 2011, the project participants will gain life and employability skills through one-on-one support and classroom activities focusing on job readiness and practical skills such as counting money and reading comprehension. Upon completion of the learning component, participants will take part in job placements, allowing them to put into practice their new-found knowledge and skills.

As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, the Skills Link program is one of three programs that help young Canadians, particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information, develop skills, gain work experience, find good jobs and stay employed. The other two programs are Summer Work Experience and Career Focus.

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