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Brandon, Manitoba, March 2, 2012—The Government of Canada today announced new funding to support youth in southwestern Manitoba to help them gain the knowledge they need to enter and succeed in the job market. The announcement was made by Merv Tweed, Member of Parliament for Brandon–Souris, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
“Our government’s top priority is creating jobs and economic growth,” said MP Tweed. “Our government’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.”The Manitoba School Counsellors’ Association will receive support from the Youth Awareness initiative to help youth overcome barriers to employment. Youth Awareness is part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES).
With annual funding 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.
The Manitoba School Counsellors’ Association will organize the 2012 Brandon Career Symposium to provide youth with networking opportunities and information about educational and career options. The event will run from March 5 to 7, and feature exhibitions and presentations from non-profit organizations, employers and post-secondary institutions. Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada’s broader strategy to create an educated, skilled and flexible workforce. 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.
The Government of Canada is helping youth prepare for, find and maintain meaningful employment through enhanced online services available at Youth.gc.ca.
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This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.
For more information, contact:
Director of Communications
Office of Minister Finley
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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