Funding for Career & Employment Youth Services

Brandon, MB - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), today announced support that will equip young Canadians in Southwestern Manitoba with the skills and work experience needed to join the workforce.

"Since 2006, our Government has helped more than half a million young Canadians develop the skills they need to help them succeed in the job market," said MP Maguire. "I am pleased to announce that young Canadians in Southwestern Manitoba will benefit from our initiatives to connect young people with jobs."

Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment-including youth who are single parents, youth with disabilities, young newcomers and youth in rural and remote areas-to develop the skills and gain the experience needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school. Since 2006, the Skills Link initiative has helped over 179,000 youth get jobs or return to school.

Career and Employment Youth Services is receiving more than $405,644 from the Skills Link program to help youth facing barriers to employment get the skills and knowledge they need to find jobs.

Over 63 weeks, Career and Employment Youth Services will deliver Case Assessment/Case Management, Group Based Employability Skills, and Employability Skills through Work Experience to assist 77 youth to overcome multiple barriers to employment and to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to make a successful transition to the labour market or return to school.

"CEYS is very excited to receive this funding. It is very rewarding to help youth overcome barriers to find meaningful employment. Youth becoming employed has a beneficial impact on our community as a whole, from the youth's family to the employers who hire them. CEYS is very pleased to have the opportunity to continue providing youth with the necessary skills to make a successful transition to the workforce," said Shirley Hammond, project coordinator for Career and Employment Youth Services.

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

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