Funding will help youth succeed in job market

  • Caledon Enterprise

Caledon Enterprise

Dufferin-Caledon MP David Tilson was at Chez Thrift in Bolton Friday morning to announce government support for youth to help them gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to enter and succeed in the job market.

“Our government’s top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity,” said Tilson. “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.”

Caledon Community Services is receiving more than $350,000 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 will develop life and job skills through workshops on topics such as time management, effective communication and conflict resolution. Based on their career plans, they will gain work experience in retail, construction or food services through job placements with local businesses.

“The Skills Links program has had a positive effect on the lives of so many young people who are now employed and have the confidence to progress in their careers,” said Monty Laskin, Chief Executive Officer of Caledon Community Services. “We are grateful for the federal government’s support, and our organization is committed to continuing to provide opportunities for young people to enter and succeed in the job market.”

With annual funding of approximately $300 million, YES helps youth, particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information, develop 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.

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