Federal government helping young, single parents prepare for job market

P.E.I. youth to receive life, employability skills

Local youth in Prince Edward Island who are single parents and face barriers to employment will get job preparation training and work experience through the government of Canada’s support for an employment project.

“For many young Canadians, making the transition to the job market is a challenge, especially in today’s environment,” said Minister of National Review Gail Shea. “That’s why our government is creating opportunities for youth to succeed through support for initiatives like the Parent Power project.”

With assistance from the federal Skills Link program, the East Prince Youth Development Centre in P.E.I. will help young, single parents develop the skills and experience needed to find a job.

Project participants will attend life and employability skills workshops where they will learn about topics such as child development, work/life balance, resumé writing, and job search skills, said the federal government.

Following the workshops, they will benefit from job placements with local employers to help them gain hands-on experience.

Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment, such as single parents, Aboriginal youth, youth with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas, and youth who have dropped out of high school.

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