MP Jim Hillyer announces funding support for youth related skills training programs

Programs assist Lethbridge youth prepare for job market

November 9, 2011

Local youth who face barriers to employment are now better prepared for future success through the Government of Canada’s support for two youth employment projects. Mr. Jim Hillyer, Member of Parliament for Lethbridge, today celebrated these projects and announced funding for a new project, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

“For many young Canadians, making the transition to the job market is a challenge, especially in today’s environment,” said Mr. Hillyer. “That’s why our government is creating opportunities for youth to succeed through programs like Skills Link and Youth Awareness.”

With assistance from the Government of Canada, the Lethbridge Youth Foundation and Lethbridge College each successfully delivered a Skills Link project, helping a total of 106 youth obtain the skills and information needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school.

Participants in the Lethbridge Youth Foundation’s project attended life and employability workshops that focused on topics such as resumé writing, problem solving and teamwork. Following the workshops, the participants were matched with local employers to gain hands-on experience through job placements.

Lethbridge College’s project was geared to youth interested in pursuing a career in the skilled trades. The participants attended group workshops and information sessions where they learned about various trades, including automotive repair, construction and plumbing.

Mr. Hillyer also announced that Powerful Living Inc. will receive Youth Awareness funding to organize the Work Able conference to educate local employers about hiring and working with youth with disabilities to build a more inclusive and productive workforce.

Upon completion of the projects, the Lethbridge Youth Foundation will have received over $146,000 and Lethbridge College will have received over $331,000 in federal Skills Link funding. 

Powerful Living Inc. will receive over $37,000 in federal Youth Awareness funding to organize its Work Able conference.

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