Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

September 23, 2010 09:00 ET

The Government of Canada Helps Kingston Area Youth Prepare for Jobs

KINGSTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 23, 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. Mr. Gordon Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds–Grenville, 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 Mr. Brown. "By supporting this project, we are helping Kingston area youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

The Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area will receive over $530,000 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Employability Skills through Work Experience project, which will help 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. 

"This funding will enable five Boys and Girls Clubs across Eastern Ontario to help youth facing barriers gain employability skills in a practical setting," said Mr. Harold Parsons, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area. "Each youth will work at one of our five facilities, providing them with the opportunity to gain meaningful work experience, and providing us with the staff we need to offer additional programs at a time when our programs are critical to families affected by the recent recession."

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

The Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment in which youth can overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence. Youth participating in the Employability Skills through Work Experience project will attend job preparation workshops tailored to their specific needs, and get hands-on experience through work placements. The workshops will focus on topics such as problem solving, teamwork, résumé writing and job safety, while the work placements will allow the participants to put into practice the knowledge and skills gained during the workshops.

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