Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 09, 2010 12:00 ET

The Government of Canada Helps Youth in Williams Lake Prepare for the Labour Market

WILLIAMS LAKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 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. Richard Harris, Member of Parliament for Cariboo—Prince George, 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. Harris. "By supporting this project, we are helping Williams Lake youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

The Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake will receive over $47,000 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Supported Work Experience for Youth project. This project will help three youth facing employment barriers gain the skills and experience needed to enter the labour market or the confidence to return to school.

Project participants will attend group workshops and take part in work placements. The workshops will focus on topics such as communication, interview preparation, effective résumé writing and job search techniques. The youth will spend the majority of their time in work placements with a local employer that will allow them to apply their new skills and gain work experience.

This project is a good example of how 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.

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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 people 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.

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.

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

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, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office