The project will help Edmonton’s youth overcome barriers to employment.
This skills improvement project comes at a good time for Edmontonians. The province of Alberta is nearing 9% unemployment at the moment — the highest in the country.
This is being done through the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES).
Through funding for organizations, the Skills Link program helps youth overcome barriers to employment, develop a broad range of skills and knowledge in order to participate in the current and future labour market and to promote education and skills as being key to labour market participation.Service Canada
At least one local business; Executive Spa Group, will be participating in the project to help out our own. They will provide up to 10 youth with six weeks worth of training activities that will include resume preparation, workplace safety and security and networking with potential employers.
Participants of the project will also take part in hands-on work experience for 12 weeks in a field that helps with their goals, interests and abilities.
The jobs that will be provided range from being a spa’s guest service representative, a sales associate, a massage therapist, aesthetician, hairstylist and makeup artist.
The project is intended specifically to aid Edmonton’s youth who have barriers in finding employment such as being a single parents, a disability, newcomers to the city, youth who have not completed high school, Indigenous youth and those who live in rural and other remote areas.
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Our government has pledged to make significant new investments to create jobs and opportunities for young Canadians so they can get a strong start in the workforce. Providing opportunities for youth to build their skills and abilities will help ensure the success of the next generation of entrepreneurs, business leaders, innovators and tradespeople.MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
The Government of Canada has agreed to provide up to $80,250 in funding for this specific project.
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This project aims higher than the city’s youth as well. Since 2005, the Government of Canada has provided skills upgrading programs for over 772,000 of Canada’s youth and adults aged 15 to 30 years.
This article was written by Jody Mitoma.