David Tilson, MP announces funding to help Orangeville youth prepare for jobs

ORANGEVILLE, ONTARIO, August 18, 2011 — Local youth who face barriers to employment will get job preparation, training and work experience through the Government of Canada’s support for Georgian College’s Step Up Program.
August 19, 2011


Front L-R: Brenda Burman, Sara-Ann Walker, Andrea Hanvey, David Tilson, MP , Maryann Fifield, Joshua Brown, Sylvia Jones, MPP
Back L-R: Allison Quinn-Elsonbaty, Alaura Salem, Garth Bistoquet, Dorian Kaiser, David Forbes


ORANGEVILLE, ONTARIO, August 18, 2011
— Local youth who face barriers to employment will get job preparation, training and work experience through the Government of Canada’s support for Georgian College’s Step Up Program.

Mr. David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

“For many young Canadians, making the transition to the job market is a challenge, especially in today’s environment,” said Mr. Tilson. “That’s why our government is creating opportunities for youth to succeed through support for initiatives like the Step Up Program.”

With assistance from the federal Skills Link program, Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology will help 72 youth develop the skills and experience needed to find a job, or the confidence to return to school.

The participants will attend group workshops on employability skills that focus on topics such as effective communication, résumé writing and job search strategies. The participants will then benefit from work placements in sectors such as retail, child care or customer service, allowing them to apply their new skills and gain hands-on experience.

Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment, such as single parents, Aboriginal youth, youth with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas and youth who have dropped out of high school.

Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology will receive over $556,000 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Step Up Program.



Backgrounder

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 helps youth between 15 and 30 years of age who are not receiving Employment Insurance benefits develop basic and advanced employment skills. It assists participants through a coordinated, client-centred approach that offers longer-term supports and services tailored to their specific needs to help them find and keep a job.

Youth employment programs are also 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 servicecanada.gc.ca, call 1 800 O Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.