Government of Canada helps 80 Indigenous youth overcome barriers to employment
October 12, 2017 Millbrook, Nova Scotia Employment and Social Development Canada
Giving Canadian youth the tools they need to find and keep good jobs will help grow the middle class and strengthen our economy.
Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced that the Native Council of Nova Scotia will help 80 young people in Truro, Dartmouth, Liverpool and Sydney overcome barriers to employment, develop essential job skills or return to school.
The Government of Canada will provide over $1.1 million in funding for the Helping Youth Prepare for Employment/Education project through the Skills Link program, part of the Government’s Youth Employment Strategy. Through this project, the Native Council of Nova Scotia will provide young Canadians with workshops that are tailored to their needs. Examples include sessions on résumé writing, job searching, interview skills and career planning. This project will also provide them with work experience with local employers in fields such as agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, mining, construction and public administration.
The annoucement took place at the Millbrook Cultural and Heritage Centre. Minister Hajdu also had the opportunity to tour the centre.
“Supporting youth, including young Indigenous people, means giving everyone the opportunity to reach their full potential. Our government is firmly focused on inclusive growth, which means ensuring that every Canadian has a fair shot at success.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
“The Native Council of Nova Scotia’s Helping Youth Prepare for Employment/Education (HYPE) project is designed to provide an opportunity for Indigenous Youth to gain credentials and develop work skills to increase successful transition to the labour market. The components of HYPE are made possible through the many delivery and employer partnerships established through the Native Council of Nova Scotia’s Aboriginal Peoples Training & Employment Commission, one of two ASETS agreements in Nova Scotia.”
– Lorraine Augustine, Chief and President of the Native Council of Nova Scotia
“The Native Council of Nova Scotia is always looking for ways to offer employability training and other supports to the communities it serves. They are a great partner to work with and I am pleased to participate in this announcement with Minister Hajdu.”
– Bill Casey, Member of Parliament for Cumberland–Colchester
Each year, the Government invests more than $330 million in the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) to help young people gain the skills, abilities and work experience they need to find and maintain good employment.
Budget 2016 invested an additional $165.4 million in the YES in 2016–17.
Budget 2017 also invested an additional $395.5 million over three years for YES, starting in 2017–18.
Combined with Budget 2016 measures, these investments will help:
o more than 33,000 vulnerable youth develop the skills they need to find work or go back to school;
o create 15,000 new green jobs for young Canadians; and
o provide over 1,600 new employment opportunities for youth in the heritage sector.
Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
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