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The Government of Canada helps Brockville youth prepare for jobs

BROCKVILLE, ONTARIO, October 18, 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. Gordon Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds–Grenville, 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. Brown. "By supporting this project, we are helping Brockville youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

St. Lawrence College will receive over $535,000 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Pathways to Employment project, which will help 36 youth facing employment gain the skills and experience needed to enter the labour market or the confidence to return to school.

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

"St. Lawrence College is pleased that the Government of Canada has funded the Pathways to Employment program," said Mr. Charlie Mignault, Director of Business Development, St. Lawrence College. "Pathways to Employment will provide program participants with skills training and workshops followed by a fully paid 20-week work placement with local employers."

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.

The Skills Link program is delivered by Service Canada, which provides one-stop personalized services for Government of Canada programs, services and benefits.

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