The federal government announced recently funding to support youth in Stratford and Perth County in obtaining the skills, knowledge and experience they need to enter and succeed in the job market.
Partners in Employment will receive over $285,000 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).
Participants in the Partners in Employment project will attend workshops on topics including career exploration, resumé writing and job search skills. Participants will then gain hands-on experience in areas such as customer service and child-care through job placements with local employers.
“This is an opportunity for youth aged 16 to 30 who are out of school, out of work and not collecting EI,” says Deb Hotchkiss, managing director at Partners in Employment. “Participants in the program will build self-confidence and new skills, which will prepare them for employment. This is also welcomed by employers as it addresses our labour force shortage in our community.”
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.
“Our government’s top priorities are job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity,” says MP Gary Schellenberger. “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.”