Government of Canada helps Somali youth in Edmonton prepare for job market
Edmonton Dec 21, 2010: Local Somali youth who face barriers to employment will get job-preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada’s support for the Somali Youth Skills Project. Mr. Peter Goldring, Member of Parliament for Edmonton East, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
“For many young Canadians, making the transition to the job market is a challenge, especially in today’s environment,” said Mr. Goldring. “That’s why our government is creating opportunities for youth to succeed through support for initiatives like the Somali Youth Skills Project.”
“We would like to thank the Government of Canada, particularly the Human Resources and Skills Development Department for approving our Youth Skills Link funding Project, which will allow our organization to Help more local youth in Edmonton to succeed” said Bashir Ahmed, Executive Director of Somali Canadian Education and Rural Development Organization”.
“The Youth Skills Link project was initiated in order to respond to issues and challenges facing the youth in Edmonton. The primary aim of the project is to train and prepare 12 youth from Edmonton mainly from Somali community for future employment. “For the coming 23 weeks, project participants will receive outreach services that will engage youth and encourage them to consider their future. The project also will link youth with relevant support/programs in the community and ultimately connect them to assessment services, pre-employment training, schooling or employment” he added.
Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment. These youth include single parents, Aboriginal youth, youth with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living in rural or remote areas, and youth who have dropped out of high school. The Somali Canadian Education and Rural Development Organization will receive over $138,000 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Somali Youth Skills Project.