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Helping youth gain skill and job experience

By : Emily Ulczak

The Government of Canada is announcing its support to fund Top-Service program, to help local youth "to acquire the information and gain the skills, job experience and abilities they need to make a successful transition to the workplace", says Josée Perrier who is in charge of Communications for Pierre Lemieux, Member of Parliament for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell.

"Through the Ministry of State for Social Development, the Youth Employment Strategy and Youth Skills Link program has given a total of nearly 221,000.00 $ to the Employment Services Centre of Prescott Russell to create the Top-Service program, a youth employment strategy for local small businesses and not-for-profit organizations in the riding".

The results were deemed successful when 16 out of 20 local youths, aged from 15 to 30 years of age, were employed and will still be employed at the end of the program at the end of August. The program was initiated in the fall of 2013.

The youths were strategically paired with employers.

"There are many bright, hardworking young people in our riding who have and will continue to contribute to our local economies. I am proud to see that the Top-Service program is helping youth to connect with local employers in order to obtain relevant and valuable work experience. Our federal Government's Youth Employment Strategy is helping the youth of our riding develop the skills and gain the experience they need to get jobs now and to prepare for the workforce of tomorrow". Furthermore, another of the main goals for this project is to keep the locals around and to bring families in. So instead of having the local youth move to the big city to find jobs, they may find jobs in the area which will attract more businesses to open, creating more jobs.

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