As part of the Government of Canada’s plan to strengthen the middle class and help those working hard to join it, Whitehorse, Yukon youth are developing job skills and gaining hands-on work experience thanks to a new project supported with funding provided by the Government of Canada. Hon. Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for the Yukon made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.
Up to 45 youth will participate in the project, which will be delivered by Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon. The participants are young people with barriers to employment from 15 to 30 years old, who are residing in the Yukon Territory. Through the programme youth will be engaged into employment sessions that focus on their careers. These sessions will include essential employment-oriented topics such as résumé and cover letter building, short exposure courses and job interview preparation. Participants will also gain valuable 20 week continuous full-time job experience with not-for-profit organisations in the Yukon Territory.
The Government of Canada will provide approximately $659,514 in funding for this project through the Skills Link programme, which supports projects that provide hands-on work experience, job search assistance and skills upgrading resources for youth facing barriers to employment. This includes youth who are single parents, have disabilities, are newcomers, or live in rural and remote areas.
“Giving youth a strong start through this type of project will ensure that the next generation of capable workers, entrepreneurs, business leaders, innovators and tradespeople achieve success and grow our economy.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
“Developing Canada’s youth is a priority. Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon’s project is a concrete example of what we can achieve for youth, by working in partnership with organisations across the country. Projects like this one, can help put regular paycheques into the reach of those who need them. But more than that, they give young Canadians the chance to change their future.”
– Hon. Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for the Yukon
“We are very grateful for the financial contributions from Canada, permitting us to offer the Youth On Board programme and I am confident the young people who will participate in this programme will be even more enthusiastic for this investment in their future.”
– Doug Caldwell, Board President, Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon
- Skills Link is one of three program streams under the Government’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES). Each year, the Government invests more than $330 million in the YES to help support young Canadians between the ages of 15 and 30 to get the information, skills, job experience and abilities they need to make a successful transition to the workplace.
- Budget 2017 proposes to invest a further $395.5 million over three years in the YES for additional employment and skills development opportunities for youth.
- Since 2005, YES programs delivered by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) have helped over 582,000 youth develop skills and gain work experience to find a job or return to school. ESDC’s Skills Link program has helped over 141,000 youth since 2005.
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Susan Moorhead Mooney
Office of Hon. Larry Bagnell P.C., M.P.
Youth Engagement Leader Project Manager
Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon (VBY)