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Government of Canada Helps Prince Edward Island Youth for Jobs

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - March 5, 2010) - Local youth who face barriers to employment will get job-preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada's support for two employment projects. The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament for Egmont, 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 Minister Shea. "By supporting these projects, we are helping Prince Edward Island youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

The Construction Association of PEI will receive $179,930 in federal Skills Link funding to support two projects through its Youth Trades Program, which will help a total of 20 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. 

"The Construction Association of Prince Edward Island is very pleased to utilize the Skills Link funding from Service Canada to place 20 Island youth from programs in Summerside and Charlottetown in construction trades. Construction trades allow the participants to work with their hands as well as their heads, i.e., carpenter, plumber, bricklayer, electrician, etc.," said Mr. Kevan MacLean, President, Construction Association of PEI. "With the aging workforce, it is important for the construction industry to remind our youth that tradespeople have great careers, as opposed to jobs."

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 Construction Association of PEI is a non-profit employer's association that supports the construction industry in Prince Edward Island. Between January 18, 2010, and July 16, 2010, the organization will improve employment and education opportunities within the skilled trades for a total of 20 youth facing barriers to employment in both Summerside and Charlottetown. Both of the projects will consist of employability and life skills workshops, followed by work experience placements to allow the participants to gain practical, hands-on experience in a skilled trade.

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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