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Government of Canada Promotes Careers in Skilled Trades and Technology to Pembroke Youth

PEMBROKE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 29, 2010) - Local youth had the opportunity to showcase their talents in the skilled trades and learn about exciting career opportunities thanks to support from the Government of Canada. Ms. Cheryl Gallant, Member of Parliament for Renfrew–Nipissing–Pembroke, 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 young Canadians have the skills and information they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Ms. Gallant. "Our government is proud to support activities like this one that benefit both employers and youth."

The Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology received $18,708 through the Government of Canada's Youth Awareness program to organize and promote the Options 2010 Skilled Trades Fair, which was held on April 28. The Fair introduced youth to career and educational opportunities in the skilled trades, and provided attendees with information that will help them with career planning and facilitate their transition into the workforce.

"Having the support of the federal government has allowed us to expand the Options Skilled Trades Fair to include a job fair that supports displaced workers and youth who are considering apprenticeship training," said Mr. Jamie Bramburger, Manager of Community and Student Affairs, Algonquin College. "This funding has made Options a better event, and given the economic conditions in Renfrew County, it will greatly support those individuals who are pursuing new career and employment pathways."

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 participate in the workforce and contribute to their communities.

Youth Awareness 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 Youth Awareness 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 annual Options Skilled Trades Fair in Pembroke promotes careers in the skilled trades and technologies to youth by showcasing representatives from various sectors. Approximately 2500 high school students and unemployed youth attended the Fair, which featured over 60 exhibitors, allowing participants to submit résumés, find jobs, and learn about internships, volunteer opportunities and academic programs.

The Youth Awareness program, funded under Employment Insurance Part II, provides financial assistance for projects designed to address specific labour market requirements facing communities, and aims to promote youth as the workforce of the future among recipients, employers, communities and young Canadians.





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