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Youth In Saskatoon To Receive Job Training And Work Experience

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. Maurice Vellacott, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Wanuskewin, 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. Vellacott. “By supporting this project, we are helping Saskatoon youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential.”

The Saskatchewan Tourism Education Council will receive $65,243 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Ready to Work – Tourism Careers program, which will help 12 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 are grateful to the Government of Canada for the funding for this project, which will be used to support 12 youth while they participate in the Ready to Work – Tourism Careers program,” said Ms. Lynne Kennedy, Ready to Work Training Consultant. “Part of that funding will be used to support the participants with a living allowance, classroom training, and a mentor/job coach.”

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.

Through the 2010 “Jobs and Growth Budget,” the Government of Canada committed an additional $60 million to the Skills Link and Career Focus programs. This additional one-time investment will enable more young Canadians to gain the experience and skills they need to successfully participate in the labour market while the economy recovers.

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

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, call 1 800 O Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

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