Over $300K an­nounced for youth job train­ing in Marys­town area

Up to 24 young peo­ple will par­tic­i­pate in the Skills Link pro­gram over the next three years

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN FAR­RELL THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE colin.far­[email protected]­erngazette.ca

MARY­TOWN, NL – The Small­wood Cres­cent Com­mu­nity Cen­tre (SCCC) in Marys­town will be able to pro­vid­ing ad­di­tional job train­ing to youth thanks to a fund­ing an­nounce­ment made at the Sum­mer Games Build­ing on Thurs­day.

“(It’s) fantastic news for the com­mu­nity cen­tre,” said SCCC ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Dar­rell Jack­man.

“It will help 24 youth with job place­ments over the next three years.”

Jack­man said he is ea­ger to get the pro­gram run­ning and fur­ther as­sist­ing youth on the Burin Penin­sula.

He said that they are look­ing at tak­ing an­other eight peo­ple in the Skills Link pro­gram as early as Au­gust.

Bon­av­ista-Burin-Trin­ity MP and fed­eral Pub­lic Ser­vices and Pro­cure­ment Min­is­ter Judy Foote, the, was on hand to make the fund­ing an­nounce­ment in place of Em­ploy­ment, Work­force Devel­op­ment and Labour Min­is­ter Patty Ha­jdu.

“On be­half of the Govern­ment of Canada, of which I’m proud to be a mem­ber, it gives me great plea­sure to an­nounce that we are in­vest­ing over $333,000 in the Small­wood Cres­cent Com­mu­nity Cen­tre,” Foote said.

“With this fund­ing, up to 24 young peo­ple in the Marys­town area will learn or im­prove valuable job skills, such as job search tech­niques, in­ter­view prepa­ra­tion and busi­ness com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

“It doesn’t come easy for ev­ery­one when they want to go and have an in­ter­view. A lot of peo­ple are ner­vous about in­ter­views. I was at one time where many of you are to­day, so when you’re go­ing for that first in­ter­view, you want to be pre­pared, and this (pro­gram) will help do that.”

Along with job-readi­ness train­ing, the pro­gram also pro­vides par­tic­i­pants with a 26week job place­ment with an em­ployer in the area.

Blake Col­bran, a re­cent Skills Link par­tic­i­pant in Marys­town, spoke of his time in the pro­gram dur­ing Thurs­day’s event, say­ing the things he learned gave him con­fi­dence.

“I’m proud to say that I com­pleted the Skills Link pro­gram and now I’m em­ployed at Cana­dian Tire,” Col­bran said.

COLIN FAR­RELL/THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

Pub­lic Ser­vices and Pro­cure­ment Min­is­ter Judy Foote spoke with Blake Col­bran, a former par­tic­i­pant of the Skills Link pro­gram in Marys­town, fol­low­ing Thurs­day’s an­nounce­ment.

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