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Government of Canada Helps Kamloops Youth Prepare for Jobs

KAMLOOPS (Marketwire) - Local youth who face barriers to employment will get job-preparation training through the Government of Canada's support for an employment project. Ms. Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"In today's environment, it is more important than ever that youth develop the skills they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Ms. McLeod. "By supporting this project, we are helping Kamloops youth develop the skills and knowledge they need to reach their full potential."

The AIDS Society of Kamloops (ASK) Wellness Centre will receive $49,570 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Property Maintenance Repair Team project, which will help five youth facing employment barriers develop life and job skills to ease their transition to work or return to school.

Skills Link focuses on helping youth facing barriers to employment, such as single parents, Aboriginal youth, young persons with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas, and youth who have dropped out of high school.

"We at ASK Wellness Centre are grateful to work in partnership with the Government of Canada to provide a Skills Link program for the community of Kamloops," said Mr. Bob Hughes, Executive Director. "This funding allows us to not only assist youth to obtain the skills and confidence to find and maintain meaningful long-term employment, but to also contribute to the reduction of homelessness in our community through supporting both private and public landlords and property managers in maintaining their property."

The federal government is working with the provinces and territories, community organizations and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the training, skills and opportunities they need to get jobs and contribute to their communities.

Skills Link is part of the Government of Canada's strategy to create the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world. 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 www.actionplan.gc.ca.

The Skills Link program is delivered by Service Canada, which provides one-stop personalized services for Government of Canada programs, services and benefits. For more information about this program, visit www.servicecanada.gc.ca, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Backgrounder

The AIDS Society of Kamloops (ASK) Wellness Centre is a local agency dedicated to providing awareness, education, advocacy and housing support services to persons with HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis C. Between March 1, 2010, and July 23, 2010, the Centre will help five youth facing barriers to employment enter the labour market or return to school. Participants will take part in workshops focusing on property repair and maintenance, and life and employability skills. The project will provide maintenance support to community service organizations, property management companies and landlords who participate in ASK's initiatives to decrease homelessness in Kamloops.

As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, the Skills Link program is one of three programs that help young Canadians, particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information, develop skills, gain work experience, find good jobs and stay employed. The other two programs are Summer Work Experience and Career Focus.

Skills Link focuses on helping youth facing barriers to employment, such as single parents, Aboriginal youth, young persons with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas, and youth who have dropped out of high school. It offers a client-centred approach based on assessing an individual's specific needs. The program supports youth in developing basic and advanced employment skills. Eligible participants between 15 and 30 years of age-who are not receiving Employment Insurance benefits-are assisted through a coordinated approach, offering longer-term supports and services that can help them find and keep a job. 






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