EDMUNDSTON (GNB) – The provincial and federal governments are making a combined investment of $190,600 to give Edmundston youth the skills, knowledge and experience they need to enter the workforce and find a job. The funding will also enable the recipient organization, Resnet inc., to carry out an environmentally green project.

"We are proud to contribute to this workforce training project through our employment access programs," said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Martine Coulombe. "This initiative will also help protect the environment, as the recycling of computer materials will lead to fewer electronic devices being sent to landfills."

Participants will attend workshops that will prepare them for an active life and help them acquire skills that are transferrable to the labour market, such as communications and problem-solving. They will then have an opportunity to put those skills into practice through work experience.

"Our government's top priority is creating jobs and economic growth," said Bernard Valcourt, minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and minister of state for La Francophonie. "Our government's Youth Employment Strategy is helping youth develop the skills and gain the experience they need to get jobs now and prepare for the workforce of tomorrow."

Valcourt was speaking on behalf of Diane Finley, minister of human resources and skills Development.

Resnet inc. is receiving $135,600 from the provincial government and $55,000 from the federal government as part of the Skills Link program to help youth overcome barriers to employment. Skills Link is part of the federal Youth Employment Program.

With annual funding of more than $300 million, the Youth Employment Strategy helps youth, particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information, develop employment skills, find jobs and stay employed. The strategy includes the Skills Link and Career Focus programs and the Canada Summer Jobs initiative, which creates thousands of job opportunities for students every summer.