August 29, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DELORAINE, Manitoba - Young people from the Deloraine area will develop the skills they need to find and keep quality jobs through a project supported by the Government of Canada. Merv Tweed, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris, announced the project today on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development.
"Our government is committed to creating the best educated, most skilled, and most flexible work force in the world," said Mr. Tweed. "Our partnership with Prairie Skills will provide local youth with the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to take advantage of the local job market."
Canada's government is committing $11,287 in Skills Link funding to Prairie Skills to provide employment counselling and resources to help 32 unemployed youth facing barriers to employment develop the skills they need to find and maintain employment.
"Prairie Skills Inc. is pleased to partner with Service Canada in the delivery of youth employment services in southwestern Manitoba," said Laurie Crowe, chair of the management committee for the Prairie Skills Employment Project. "This partnership has been a positive resource for the community, and many youth have benefited from it."
This project reflects the Government of Canada's commitment to creating a strong economy for all Canadians. Through its Advantage Canada plan, the Government is not only focusing on developing work-force skills, but is also building on Canada's strengths and gaining a global competitive advantage by reducing taxes for all Canadians, increasing competition in the marketplace, building modern infrastructure, and eliminating the debt.
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The Career Focus program is one of three Government of Canada programs that help young Canadians (aged 15 to 30) obtain career information, develop skills, gain work experience, find good jobs, and stay employed. The two other programs are Summer Work Experience and Skills Link.
The Career Focus program provides funding for employers to offer post-secondary graduates opportunities to obtain career-related work experience. The objective of this program is to help youth acquire advanced employment skills and facilitate their transition to a rapidly changing labour market. This program connects youth with employers who can provide them with career-related work experience.