The Government of Canada is providing support for youth in Saskatoon to help them gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to enter and succeed in the job market. The announcement was made by the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification) and Member of Parliament for Blackstrap, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. "Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity," said Minister Yelich. "Our Youth Employment Strategy is helping youth develop the skills and gain the experience they need to get jobs now and prepare for the workforce of tomorrow." The Saskatchewan Abilities Council is receiving more than $145,000 from the Skills Link program to help youth overcome barriers to employment. Skills Link is part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES). Based on personal development plans, participants will benefit from on-the-job experience tailored to their strengths and individual coaching from employers in the community. "The Saskatchewan Abilities Council, Saskatoon Branch, thanks the Government of Canada for funding the Choices Youth project once again", said Janine Baumann, Program Manager, Saskatoon Branch. "The funding is used to assist 25 at-risk youth overcome barriers to employment and develop the skills and knowledge they need to transition to the labour market or return to school. The Saskatchewan Abilities Council is pleased to offer this service to help youth enhance their employment skills." With annual funding of approximately $300 million, YES helps youth, particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information, develop skills, find jobs and stay employed. YES includes the Skills Link and Career Focus programs and the Canada Summer Jobs initiative, which creates thousands of job opportunities for students every summer. Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes an additional investment of $70 million over three years to create 5 000 more paid internships. This is further to the extra $50 million that was invested through Economic Action Plan 2012 to enhance YES with a new initiative that connects young Canadians with jobs that are in high demand and helps them develop tangible skills and gain work experience. Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada's broader strategy to connect Canadians with available jobs. Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes new measures to equip Canadians with the skills and training they need. These include the Canada Job Grant, creating opportunities for apprentices and providing support to under-represented groups such as people with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples, newcomers and youth. Source: http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1172411/government-of-canada-invests-to-help-youth-in-saskatoon-get-jobs
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