Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

October 12, 2010 09:00 ET

The Government of Canada Helps Youth in Atlantic Canada Prepare for Jobs

CASSIDY LAKE, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 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 Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), 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 of State Moore. "By supporting this project, we are helping youth in Atlantic Canada develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

Portage Atlantic will receive over $50,000 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Mentors program, which will help five 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 people with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas, and youth who have dropped out of high school. 

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.

Backgrounder

Portage Atlantic is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the rehabilitation of people facing addiction issues. It offers job readiness programs aimed at helping people develop employment skills. Youth in the Mentors program will be partnered with a mentor and will work under their guidance and supervision. Together with their mentors, participants will develop action plans tailored to their employment needs and career goals. They will then work through their action plan while taking part in group workshops that will help improve their employability.

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—who are between 15 and 30 years of age and 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.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

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