NOW OPEN: Skills Link and Career Focus funding from Service Canada

YES (Youth Employment Strategy)

Deadline: October 19th, 2012

Hi Funds Fans!  Following on our theme from yesterday , Service Canada has just opened two funding portals to assist youth in obtaining the necessary training, workplace experience and skills required in today’s Canadian job market.  The Government of Canada (through Service Canada) is presently accepting applications for funding from organizations interested in acting as Community Coordinators and receiving financial assistance for the delivery of Skills Link and Career Focus activities.

The Skills Link program is a client-centered program that provides funding for employers and organizations to offer eligible activities to youth facing barriers to employment.The objectives of the program are to help youth overcome barriers to employment, to help them develop a broad range of skills and knowledge in order to participate in the current and future labour market and to promote education and skills as being key to labour market participation.  The main outcomes of the Skills Link program focus on the skills acquired and the extent to which the program helped clients realize educational achievements, improve their employability and/or obtain employment.

Eligible organizations include:

  • businesses, including federal crown corporations found on Schedule III, Part II of the Financial Administration Act and comparable provincial crown corporations;
  • organizations including, but not limited to, professional associations, non-profit organizations, public health and educational institutions, band/tribal councils, Aboriginal organizations and municipal governments;
  • provincial and territorial government departments and agencies if specified in a federal/provincial/territorial agreement or Memorandum of Understanding, or specifically approved by the Minister.

The Career Focus program is intended to help inexperienced post-secondary graduate Canadians ages 15 to 30 acquire the work experience, knowledge, advanced employability skills and information they need to prepare for the labour market and become leaders in their fields.  The objectives of the Career Focus program are to:

  • Increase the supply of highly qualified people;
  • Facilitate the transition of highly-skilled young people to a rapidly changing labour market;
  • Promote the benefits of advanced studies; and
  • Demonstrate federal leadership by investing in the skills required to meet the needs of the knowledge economy.

The main outcomes of the Career Focus program focus on advanced skills acquisition through career-related work experiences and return to advanced-level studies.  In order to align Career Focus with the objectives of the Digital Economy Strategy, until March 31, 2014, special consideration will be given to interventions providing work experience that further develops and/or requires the application of digital skills.

Eligible organizations include:

  • businesses, including federal crown corporations found on Schedule III, Part II of the Financial Administration Act and comparable provincial crown corporations;
  • organizations including, but not limited to, professional associations, non-profit organizations, public health and educational institutions, band/tribal councils, Aboriginal organizations and municipal governments;
  • provincial and territorial government departments and agencies if specified in a federal/provincial/territorial agreement or Memorandum of Understanding, or specifically approved by the Minister.
That’s what we have for you today folks, but stay tuned because September will be a month of reaping and there are a lot more funds coming your way!

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