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Government of Canada Helps New Brunswick Youth Prepare for Jobs

  • Synopsis: Published: 2010-05-17 - Skills Link focuses on helping youth facing barriers to employment such as single parents and young persons with disabilities. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

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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.

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 Honorable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honorable 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 Ashfield. "By supporting this project, we are helping New Brunswick youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

School District 17 will receive $477,853 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Oromocto and Grand Lake Intervention Programs, which will help 44 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.

"Since this valuable program began in 2005, more than 160 youth in the Grand Lake and Oromocto areas have participated," said Ms. Marilyn Ball, Superintendent of School District 17. "Following completion of the program, participants are able to return to school, complete their GEDs, attend post-secondary programs, and find employment. These youth have a future because of the Intervention Center Programs."

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 labor 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 Center.

School District 17 has 18 schools with 5200 students that encompass the communities of Oromocto, Burton, Coles Island, Geary and Lower Lincoln, and the villages of Cambridge-Narrows, Chipman, Fredericton Junction, Gagetown and Minto. Between April 19, 2010, and April 15, 2011, the District will help 44 youth facing employment barriers become employed or return to school through the Grand Lake and Oromocto Intervention Programs, which will provide group-based employability skills workshops and work experience placements.

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-centered 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.



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