The Government of Canada announced support for youth in 100 Mile House to help them gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to enter and succeed in the job market. The announcement was made by Cathy McLeod, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Kamloops–Thompson–Cariboo, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
“Our government’s top priorities are job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity,” said Ms. McLeod. “The Government of Canada’s 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 Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre is receiving over $272,000 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).
With an annual budget of more than $300 million, YES helps youth, particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information, develop employment 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 2012 is providing an additional $50 million over two years to enhance YES so that more young people can gain tangible skills and experience. This funding will focus on connecting young Canadians with jobs in fields that are in high demand.
The participants in the Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre project will gain job skills through workshops on topics such as team building and effective communication. They will also attend presentations on subjects that include goal setting, job market trends and career planning. Participants will then gain experience in their areas of interest through work placements with local employers.
“This continuing financial commitment from the Government of Canada is much appreciated,” said Janice Silveira, Board Co-Chair of the Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre Society. “Participants in the Skills Link youth employment program will be given the opportunity to develop skills and gain experience that will enable them to be successful in the workforce and in their community.”
Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada’s broader strategy to create an educated, skilled and flexible workforce. 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 Government of Canada is helping youth prepare for, find and maintain meaningful employment through enhanced online services available at .