As part of the Government of Canada’s plan to strengthen the middle class and help those working hard to join it, Charlottetown 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. Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.
The project, delivered by The Adventure Group, will serve 60 youth (10 men and 50 women). The project will run for 27 months. Through the programs developed, youth will overcome barriers in employment, and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to make a successful transition to the labour market or return to school.
They will attend sessions and workshops where they will improve their financial literacy, communication skills, time management skills and how to balance parenting and work, among others. They will also have the opportunity to participate in courses such as First Aid/CPR and employee safety.
The Government of Canada will provide approximately $451,331 in funding for this project through the Skills Link program, 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. The Adventure Group’s project is a concrete example of what we can achieve for youth by working in partnership with organizations across the country. Projects like this one can help put regular paycheques into the reach of those who need it. But more than that, they give young Canadians the chance to change their future.”
-Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown
“This is more than an employability program as we address the issues that are preventing the participants from being gainfully employed. This program will provide them with the resources and skills they need to move forward and reach their full potential.”
-Roxanne Carter-Thompson, Executive Director, The Adventure Group