Member of Parliament Lawrence Toet (Elmwood-Transcona), was joined by the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada, to announce support that will equip young people in Winnipeg with the skills and work experience they need to get jobs.
The Alicia Rae Career Centre Inc. is receiving more than $205,000 from the federal Skills Link program to help youth facing barriers to employment get the skills and knowledge they need to find jobs. The Skills Link program is a part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES), which helps youth obtain career information, develop employment skills, and find jobs.
“For many young Canadians, making the transition to the job market can be a challenge, especially in today’s environment,” said MP Toet. “That’s why our Government continues to invest in organizations like the Alicia Rae Career Centre to connect young people with jobs and to new opportunities for personal and professional growth.”
Participants in the Youth Employment Network project will attend an 8 week interactive workshop along with 12 weeks of work experience to help them develop job skills, while the Centre assists them in finding employment opportunities related to participants’ long-term career goals.
“Our Youth Employment Network Program, funded through the Skills Link program, not only helps prepare youth for the job market, but it also links them to viable long-term employment opportunities,” said Alicia Rae, Director of Alicia Rae Career Centre Inc. “With continued support from the federal government for over 15 years, we are able to help our young people develop the skills, knowledge, and work experience they need to maximize their potential and independence, while becoming contributing members of our community.”
Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada’s strategy to connect Canadians with available jobs. Economic Action Plan 2013 introduced new measures to equip Canadians with the skills and training they need to fill skills shortages and succeed in the Canadian labour market. These include the Canada Job Grant, which invests in skills training for unemployed and underemployed Canadians, better ensuring they are qualified to fill the high-quality, well-paying jobs that are available. Economic Action Plan 2013 is also creating opportunities for apprentices and providing support to under-represented groups such as Canadians with disabilities, Aboriginal people, newcomers, and youth.
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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