Saskatoon, Saskatchewan- The Honourable Diane Finley,
Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today
announced that the Government of Canada is taking action to
address skills shortages by investing in six new projects
that will help equip youth in Saskatchewan with the skills,
knowledge and experience they need to enter and succeed in
the job market. The announcement was made at an event
hosted by the Saskatchewan Abilities Council.
"Our government's top priorities are job creation, economic
growth, and long-term prosperity, and we believe that
connecting our youth with practical work experience is
essential to addressing our skills shortages," said
Minister Finley. "We continue to invest in our national
Youth Employment Strategy, to help more youth develop the
skills and gain the experience they need to get jobs now
and prepare for the workforce of tomorrow."
Minister Finley announced that six community organizations
in Saskatchewan are receiving a total of over $1.2 million
from the Skills Link program to help youth overcome
barriers to employment, improve their employability and
develop job skills through activities such as in-class
instruction, career counselling, job shadowing and work
placements with local employers. Skills Link is part of the
Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES).
"The Skills Link funding will allow agencies in Saskatoon
to work with at-risk youth and assist them with developing
their skills," said Janine Baumann, Program Manager,
Saskatchewan Abilities Council. "Agencies help youth find
their strengths and work with them to develop a realistic
plan that will assist them with their long-term goals."
"Programs such as this make it possible for people from
under-represented groups to make the transition from
unemployment or under-employment to the workforce," said
Carol Lumb, Director of the Saskatchewan Tourism Education
Council. "In addition to tourism, which is a valuable
contributor to the provincial economy, our participants
also build long-term and rewarding careers in mining and
other significant economic sectors."
"Youth employment programs are part of our government's
broader strategy to create an educated, skilled and
flexible workforce," added Minister Finley. "Today's youth
are tomorrow's workers and leaders, so by investing in them
we are contributing to Canada's long-term growth,
competitiveness and overall prosperity."
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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Office of Minister Finley
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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This news release is available online at: actionplan.gc.ca.
On October 11, 2012, Minister Finley announced over $1.2
million in funding through the Skills Link program, which
is part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment
Strategy. The funding is being distributed as follows:
$666,985 for Saskatchewan Tourism Education Council's
"Ready to Work" project.
$182,147 for Saskatchewan Intercultural Association's
$141, 507 for Saskatchewan Abilities Council's "Choices
$94,675 for Engele & Kook Associate's "Career Moves for
the Trades" project.
$66,207 for Assemblée Communautaire Fransaskoise's
"Centre d'Intégration au Marché de l'Emploi " project.
$49,995 for Global Infobrokers' youth employment project.
The Youth Employment Strategy is the Government of Canada's
commitment to helping youth make a successful transition to
the workplace. 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. In addition
to Skills Link, YES also includes the Career Focus program
and the Canada Summer Jobs initiative.
Through Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government of Canada
is providing an additional $50 million over two years to
enhance YES through a new initiative that will connect
young Canadians with jobs that are in high demand and help
them develop tangible skills and gain work experience. The
additional funding will be delivered through two Calls for
Proposals which opened on September 5 and will close on
November 2. Organizations across Canada are invited to
apply. Information is available at servicecanada.gc.ca.
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.