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Hornby Island program getting federal funds to make youth more employable

The Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Society is receiving more than $142,000 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), Vancouver Island North MP John Duncan said Tuesday on behalf of Diane Finley, minister of human resources and skills development.

Tribune Bay participants on Hornby Island will receive coaching in a wide range of life and job skills, such as leadership and communication, to help them enter the job market. They will also gain work experience by providing assistance to the organization’s outdoor education and recreation programs.

“Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Society is pleased to be partnering with the Government of Canada on the Outdoor Education Leadership Program at our Centre on Hornby Island,” said Gord Campbell, executive director of the society. “This program will positively impact the participating youth by providing them the

tools for long-term employment or the self-confidence to return to school.”

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

With an annual budget 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.

Employers can submit applications for this year’s Canada Summer Jobs program until Feb. 28. Applications for employers are available online at servicecanada.gc.ca/csj2013 and at Service Canada Centres.

The Government of Canada is helping youth plan their careers, learn new skills and find jobs through enhanced online services available at youth.gc.ca.

— Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

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