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Government of Canada Helps Langley Youth Prepare for Jobs

LANGLEY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 2, 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. Mark Warawa, Member of Parliament for Langley, 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. Warawa. "By supporting this project, we are helping Langley youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

The Langley Environmental Partners Society will receive $261,799 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Youth Enhancing Aquatic Habitats (YEAH!) program, which will help 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 Township of Langley is also providing $64,254 to the Society for this year's YEAH! project.

"This is an excellent program that will help develop two of our most important resources: youth and the environment," said His Worship Rick Green, Mayor of the Township of Langley. "Being able to provide job training, skills and experience to young people while caring for the environment is a win-win for the entire community. The YEAH! project is a great investment in our future."

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 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 Langley Environmental Partners Society is a non-profit organization with a mandate to protect and restore the natural environment within the region through education, cooperation and action. The Society's Youth Enhancing Aquatic Habitats (YEAH!) program provides work experience, as well as life skills, to youth facing barriers to employment. Personal development workshops, with a focus on the environment, educate and equip participants to find employment in the future. Emphasis is put on teamwork and responsibility, as well as leadership, to prepare participants for all types of jobs.

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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