Funding announced for skills program that prepares youth for the workforce

Jason Malloy
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TRURO - Six young African Nova Scotians in Colchester County will be trained to be better prepared for the workforce.
The federal government announced Wednesday it was contributing $85,072 through its Skills Link program to the Community Enhancement Association.
"It helps us in our endeavours to make sure that young people are prepared to go out and join the workforce," association president Brian Johnston said. "It's to give the young people the skills and the mindset they need to go out and compete for good jobs in the workforce."
Participants will attend workshops, learn how to write a resume, conduct a job search and prepare for a job interview while participating in a work placement. It will also give youth facing employment barriers (such as single parents, youth living in rural and remote areas or those with disabilities) a chance to acquire life and job skills to ease their transition to work or return to school. The program is for youth between the ages of 15 and 30.
"In today's environment it's more important than ever that youth develop the skills they need to participate and succeed in a very difficult job market," said Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley MP Scott Armstrong.
Anyone interested in applying for the program are asked to call 893-1560 or drop into the association office at 105-B Walker St. in Truro as soon as possible.
The program was offered in Colchester County in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
"It definitely works," Johnston said. "We've had young people go back to school and further their education. We've had young people go into the workforce and better themselves."
Johnston said the local business community has been excellent in supporting the initiative. "We thank the local business community that is willing to take a chance on these young people because they realize that in doing that they are equipping future employees for their companies and we've had some great success with the businesses in Truro."
Armstrong said the government wants to lower the country's 8.5 per cent unemployment rate.
"There's a lot of people in Canada, and in Nova Scotia, that are unemployed, primarily, not because they have a lack of effort, not because there's no job there, it's because they don't have the job skills to get that job," he said. "We have to work both ends. Not only in job creation but also in training and giving people the skills."
Armstrong, who made a similar announcement in Cumberland County Wednesday afternoon, said it is important to publicize its investments.
"One of the things we want to do is get out there and show the people that the government is working for them, the economic action plan is working, that we are committed to having the economy as our number one priority," he said.
The six youth have been selected and will participate in the program until July 23.

jmalloy@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Community Enhancement Association

Geographic location: TRURO, Colchester County, Canada Nova Scotia Cumberland County

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    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    is this not what career works nova exists for