Government of Canada helps Orangeville youth prepare for jobs
Orangeville, ONTARIO —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. Today...
June 28, 2021
Orangeville, ONTARIO —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. Today, Mr. David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin–Caledon, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, celebrated the recent start of Georgian College’s Step Up Program.
“Our government is working to create a productive work force and a stronger economy by improving opportunities for youth,” said Mr Tilson. “Through support for this project, we are helping Orangeville youth gain the tools that will help them succeed in the job market.”
On June 7, 2010, the Government of Canada announced that Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology would receive $192,172 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Step Up Program, which will help 36 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 Step Up Program provides an opportunity for youth to explore their career choices, learn workplace skills and connect with local employers,” said Ms. Barbara Moore, Step Up Program Facilitator for the College’s Centre for Career and Employment Services. “After participating in this type of program, youth are more confident of their skills and have greater success in finding and keeping a job. Georgian is excited to be able to continue to offer this program in 2010-11 to youth in Dufferin County.”
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.
Established in 1967, Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology offers a wide range of academic programs, including Business, Computer Studies, Engineering Technology, Design and Visual Arts, Health Sciences, and Hospitality and Tourism. From May 10, 2021 to January 28, 2011, the College will help 36 youth facing barriers to employment gain the skills and experience they need to make the transition to the labour market or return to school. Participants will take part in workshops focusing on such topics as communication, thinking and problem solving, teamwork and job preparation skills. Work placements will allow the participants to put into practice the knowledge and skills gained during the workshops.
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.