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February 2, 2016
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Youth to enhance skills through Connection 2 Employment
Workforce and Advanced Learning
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Thanks to a partnership between SkillsPEI, the East Prince Youth Development Centre, Holland College, and The Adventure Group, unemployed youth in Prince Edward Island will get the chance to participate in Connection 2 Employment. This project will run concurrently in four locations—Charlottetown, Montague, Summerside, and West Prince—offering participants an opportunity to enhance life and employability skills, and to assist them in making a successful transition into the workforce. Participants will also have an opportunity to take part in a four week work placement with private sector employers across Prince Edward Island.
“Our Government places a strong emphasis on youth, recognizing the link between lifelong learning, training, and career growth. Connection 2 Employment is a project that aims to close the youth unemployment labour force gap, and Workforce and Advanced Learning is proud to partner on this initiative,” said Minister Brown.
Connection 2 Employment offers 14 weeks of training, beginning February 22 to assist unemployed youth between the ages of 15–30 years old. It features group-based sessions; exposure to various career and job opportunities; and specialized training, including First Aid, CPR & WHMIS, World Host Customer Service, Training and Food Service Certification.
“East Prince Youth Development Centre Inc. is very pleased to be partnering on an exciting new program, Connection 2 Employment. Youth will learn to strengthen their skills in topics such as: time management; employer expectations; resume/cover letter building and interview skills; teamwork; developing self awareness; and stress management,” said Barb Broome, Manager of East Prince Youth Development Centre.
Connection 2 Employment aligns well with the Government of Prince Edward Island’s strategic priority to assist Island youth in gaining employment, while fostering a culture of entrepreneurship. Funding is provided through the Canada-PEI Labour Market Development Agreement and the Canada-PEI Job Fund Agreement.
For more information on Connection 2 Employment, contact your local SkillsPEI office at 1-877-491-4766.