EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire -02/23/12)- The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today kicked-off nation-wide events to highlight that the Government of Canada is taking action to ensure that youth have the skills and training they need to be successful in the workforce.
"Our government's top priority is creating jobs and economic growth," said Minister Finley. "Youth are tomorrow's workforce, so by investing in their skill development, we are helping them contribute to Canada's long-term growth, competitiveness and overall prosperity."
The Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy helps youth, particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information, find jobs and stay employed. The Strategy includes the Skills Link and Career Focus programs and the Canada Summer Jobs initiative that creates thousands of job opportunities for students every summer. The Government's investment in the Youth Employment Strategy in 2011 was over $300 million.
"For many young Canadians, it's a challenge to make the transition to the job market" added Minister Finley. "That is why Canada's Economic Action Plan has made significant investments to help youth develop skills and gain the experience they need to get jobs."
Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada's broader strategy to create an educated, skilled and flexible workforce. 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 Canadians through skills development.
Minister Finley was at Action for Healthy Communities this morning where she announced that the local non-profit organization is receiving funding to help 24 youth prepare for the job market through the federal government's Skills Link program, a component of the Youth Employment Strategy.
Through the Action for Healthy Communities' project, youth will take part in skills workshops, job shadowing and workplace visits. They will also gain hands-on experience through job placements.
"Action for Healthy Communities sees continued success with the help of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy," said Idalia Ivon Pereira, Action for Healthy Communities Executive Director. "Together we can continue to help youth reach their full potential as well as build healthier and stronger communities."
The Government of Canada is helping youth prepare for, find and maintain meaningful employment through enhanced online services available at Youth.gc.ca.
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This news release is available online at: www.actionplan.gc.ca.
The Youth Employment Strategy is the Government of Canada's commitment to help youth make a successful transition to the workplace.
Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment, such as single parents, youth with disabilities, and youth in rural and remote areas, develop the skills and gain the experience needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school.
Career Focus provides funding to employers to hire young post-secondary graduates to offer them career-related work experience and help them acquire skills to transition into the job market.
Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.
To learn more about Canada's Youth Employment Strategy and other youth employment initiatives, please visit Youth.gc.ca.
Action for Healthy Communities is a charitable organization based in Edmonton that works with community members from diverse backgrounds to create community-based initiatives that address issues of health and well-being.
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