Hundreds of young people will receive training and gain employability skills

Building a strong middle class means giving youth the tools they need to find and keep good jobs. The federal government recently announced funding that will help young Canadians develop their skills and get hands-on work experience.

YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka will receive funding for its Youth Quest project through the Skills Link program. Over the 24 months of the project, up to 600 young people will receive training and gain employability skills through work experience in the BradfordWasaga BeachHuntsvilleBarrie and Orillia areas. During their work experience, they will be placed in such fields as construction, manufacturing, retail/wholesale, accommodation and food service and general office/customer service.

Skills Link supports projects that help young people who face more barriers to employment than others get employability skills and gain valuable job experience, which, in turn, helps them make a successful transition into the workforce or go back to school. That could include youth who have not completed high school, single parents, Indigenous youth, youth with disabilities, newcomers or youth living in rural or remote areas.

“The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka is committed to improving the lives of youth in our communities,” said Rob Armstrong, Simcoe/Muskoka YMCA CEO. “Through the Youth Quest program, our local youth are given the guidance and skills needed to succeed in the job market. This funding from Skills Link will allow us to continue to offer these life-changing opportunities to our youth and open doors to their future. We are very thankful to receive this support.”

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