Government of Canada helps youth in Moose Jaw to gain job skills

February 19, 2013

Moose Jaw, SK —The Government of Canada is providing support for youth in Moose Jaw to help them gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to enter and succeed in the job market. The announcement was made by Ray Boughen, Member of Parliament for Palliser, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

“We need to ensure that we have a skilled workforce in place to support a growing economy,” said Mr. Boughen. “Through Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy, our government wants to ensure that young Canadians receive the training and work experience that they need to compete in today’s job market as they prepare for the workforce of tomorrow.”

The Angus Campbell Centre is receiving over $48,000 from the Skills Link program to help youth overcome barriers to employment. Skills Link is part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES).

Participants will develop life and job skills by attending workshops such as communication, team building and customer service. Additionally, they will gain knowledge and experience through work placements in the hospitality, service, construction or mining sectors.

“We would like to thank the Government of Canada for this support,” said Jana Horsnall, Executive Director, Angus Campbell Centre. “This funding will help local youth gain the skills they need to take full advantage of opportunities, achieve their personal goals and face their future with confidence.”

With an annual budget of more than $300 million, YES helps youth, particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information, develop employment skills, find jobs and stay employed. YES includes the Skills Link and Career Focus programs and the Canada Summer Jobs initiative, which creates thousands of job opportunities for students every summer.

Employers can submit applications for this year’s Canada Summer Jobs program until February 28th. Applications for employers are available online at servicecanada.gc.ca/csj2013 and at Service Canada Centres.

Economic Action Plan 2012 is providing an additional $50 million over two years to enhance YES through a new initiative that will connect young Canadians with jobs in high demand and help them develop tangible skills and gain work experience.

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 Canadian workers through skills development. To learn more about Canada’s Economic Action Plan, visit actionplan.gc.ca.

The Government of Canada is helping youth plan their careers, learn new skills and find jobs through enhanced online services available at youth.gc.ca.

 

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Backgrounder

 

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, including youth who are single parents, youth with disabilities and youth in rural and remote areas, to 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 give 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.