Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

July 19, 2011 10:00 ET

The Government of Canada Helps Moncton Youth Prepare for the Job Market

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - July 19, 2011) - 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. Robert Goguen, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament for Moncton–Riverview–Dieppe, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"For many young Canadians, making the transition to the job market is a challenge, especially in today's environment," said Mr. Goguen. "That's why our government is creating opportunities for youth to succeed through support for initiatives like this youth employment project."

With assistance from the federal Skills Link program, the YMCA of Greater Moncton will help eight youth develop the skills and experience needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school.

The project participants will attend group-based workshops that focus on developing skills such as communication, teamwork and problem solving. Through one-on-one counselling, the participants will also learn job search strategies, résumé writing and interview techniques.

Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment, such as single parents, Aboriginal youth, youth with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas, and youth who have dropped out of high school.

The YMCA of Greater Moncton will receive over $77,000 in federal Skills Link funding to support its youth employment project.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Backgrounder

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 helps youth between 15 and 30 years of age who are not receiving Employment Insurance benefits develop basic and advanced employment skills. It assists participants through a coordinated, client-centred approach that offers longer-term supports and services tailored to their specific needs to help them find and keep a job.

Youth employment programs are also 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 servicecanada.gc.ca, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

Contact Information

  • Ann Matejicka
    Director of Communications
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    819-994-5559