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. Cheryl Gallant, Member of Parliament for Renfrew–Nipissing–Pembroke, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
“Our government’s top priority is jobs and the economy,” said MP Gallant. “For many young Canadians, making the transition to the job market is a challenge, especially in today’s environment. That’s why our government is creating opportunities for youth to succeed through support for initiatives like the Hire Me! Reaching Higher! project.”
With assistance from the federal Skills Link program, Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology will help 30 youth develop the skills and experience needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school.
Participants will attend life and employability skills workshops that focus on topics such as money management, communication and problem solving. Following the workshops, participants will further develop their skills and gain hands-on experience through job placements with local employers.
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.
Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology will receive over $266,000 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Hire Me! Reaching Higher! project.