Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

October 15, 2010 08:00 ET

Youth in Saint John Encouraged to Explore Career Options

SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Oct. 15, 2010) - Local youth will have the opportunity to learn about career options in Saint John thanks to support from the Government of Canada. Mr. Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament for Saint John, 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 young Canadians have the skills and information they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Weston. "Our government is proud to support activities that encourage youth to use their talents, skills and resources to help them learn, work and participate in their communities."

Enterprise Saint John will receive $10,000 through the Government of Canada's Youth Awareness program to promote and deliver a series of presentations and seminars for youth in the greater Saint John area. These activities will help raise awareness of local employment opportunities and promote self-employment as a viable career option.

"The innovation, creativity and energy of youth are the building blocks of small business success," said Mr. Stephen Carson, Chief Executive Officer, Enterprise Saint John. "We want to introduce more young people to entrepreneurship and inspire them to think big. Today's economic climate lends itself to an even stronger embrace of entrepreneurship as a career path."

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 participate in the workforce and contribute to their communities.

Youth Awareness 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 Youth Awareness 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

Enterprise Saint John is a community economic development agency that supports the growth and prosperity of businesses in the Saint John area. From September 2010 to March 2011, the agency will organize, promote and deliver a series of presentations and seminars for youth on local employment issues, such as career opportunities, labour market needs, and human resources requirements.

The Youth Awareness program, funded under Employment Insurance Part II, provides financial assistance for projects designed to address specific labour market requirements facing communities, and aims to promote youth as the workforce of the future among recipients, employers, communities and young Canadians.

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