Calgary youth are learning vital job skills to eliminate barriers to employment through initiatives supported by the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour in Alberta. As outlined on the government’s website, “Skills Link is a program that promotes skills and education as the key to labour market participation. Successful Skills Link projects include programs that provide group-based employability skills or upgrading critical on-the-job skills such as problem solving, time management and effective communication. Participants can also obtain specialized certification in areas such as health and safety and first aid. They are also connected with employers so they can gain paid work experience. Skills Link is part of the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) and helps support young Canadians, including youth with disabilities, single parents, youth who have not completed high school, Indigenous youth, youth who are recent immigrants and youth living in rural or remote areas.”

Source: Government of Canada website – news release dated Sep. 6, 2016 – http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1120779