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Government of Canada Helps Youth With Disabilities Digby for Jobs

DIGBY, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - March 6, 2010) - Local youth who face barriers to employment will get job-preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada's support for an employment project. Mr. Greg Kerr, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for West Nova, 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 Mr. Kerr. "By supporting this project, we are helping self-identified youth with disabilities in Digby develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

The Digby Disabilities Partnership Committee will receive $156,507 in federal Skills Link funding, which will help 12 self-identified youth with disabilities, who face 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 Board and staff of the Digby Disabilities Partnership Committee's Employment Opportunities Partnership wish to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to the federal government for giving us funding to provide such a valuable program to our youth," said Ms. Debbie Cook, Executive Director, Digby Disabilities Partnership Committee. "The youth are our future, and, by investing in our youth, we are investing in the continuation of our communities. Persons with disabilities are an untapped resource for the labour market in our area, and there is still much work to do to allow them to gain their rightful place in society."

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 Digby Disabilities Partnership Committee is a non-profit organization that develops and delivers support programs and services for people with disabilities. Between March 1, 2010, and October 2, 2010, the Committee will help 12 self-identified youth with disabilities, who face barriers to employment, enter the labour market or return to school. This project consists of employability skills workshops focusing on such topics as conflict management, communications and time management skills, and work experience placements that offer a variety of employment opportunities, including carpentry, construction work and customer service.

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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