Eves government helps almost 200,000 young people find jobs and access apprenticeship and training this year

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Eves government helps almost 200,000 young people find jobs and access apprenticeship and training this year

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

TORONTO, Aug. 9 /CNW/ - The Ernie Eves government will help about 200,000 young people this year find work, or access training leading to work or further education, Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, announced today in honour of the United Nation's International Youth Day on August 12. The theme for this year's commemoration is promoting youth employment.
"Whether it's through our school-work transition programs, or our youth training and employment programs, the Ontario government is helping young people in the province find rewarding and productive work," said Cunningham. "Our province remains one of the leaders in Canada in improving youth employment."
Since 1995-96, the number of jobs and services provided by the government to young people in the province has more than doubled from about 95,500 to almost 200,000 in 2003-04.
The government's Job Connect Program, for example, helps young people to plan, prepare for, and succeed in the job market. Locally-based colleges and non-profit agencies, such as youth employment counselling centres, deliver the program, which helps over 100,000 young people get and keep jobs through more than 127 sites across the province.
"This year, the economy continues to provide opportunities for young people to learn new skills and gain valuable workplace experience," said Nancy Schaefer, president of Youth Employment Service in Toronto, one of the non- profit agencies that deliver the Job Connect Program. "More than 80 per cent of our Job Connect clients are employed or in career-related training after completing the program."
The Eves government is also providing young people with access to good careers in high-demand skilled trades. The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program helps students to begin to train towards an apprenticeship while completing their high school diploma. This year, 12,000 students will participate in the program, up from 1,330 in 1998-99.
The government is helping students gain workplace experience through Ontario Summer Jobs, 2003 - the province's $53.1 million investment to help young people find work or create their own business during the summer. This year the government expects to help more than 57,000 students find work. Over the last seven years, the number of youth finding jobs through the Ontario Summer Jobs Program has more than doubled from 24,230 annually to 60,444 in 2002.
"All of these initiatives are part of our plan to ensure young people across the province have the advanced skills and knowledge they need for success," Cunningham added. "We encourage all employers - especially those with an aging workforce - to consider the benefits of apprenticing younger workers from local schools, and providing opportunities for young people to learn more about careers in their industry."
Information about training and employment programs for youth, as well as school-work transition programs, is available on the ministry's Web site at www.edu.gov.on.ca or the Ontario government's www.youthjobs.gov.on.ca site, and through the Training Hotline at 1-888-JOB-GROW or (416) 326-5656 in Toronto.

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For more information visit www.edu.gov.on.ca

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ONTARIO CREATES MORE THAN 40 PER CENT OF YOUTH JOBS IN CANADA

Since September 1995, Ontario's youth have gained 142,800 net new jobs, which accounts for 41.3 per cent of all youth job growth in Canada. Ontario is home to 38 per cent of Canada's young people.
From 1998 to 2002, Ontario's youth gained 127,400 net new jobs, which is more than in any other five-year period.
The Ontario government believes in province-wide access to leading-edge apprenticeship and training programs.

Career education
Part of this vision includes help for students to make realistic career choices and informed choices about the education and training essential to reach their goals.
Under the high school program, students begin to develop an annual education plan in Grade 7 and take a mandatory career guidance course in Grade 10. Beginning in September 2000, all school boards were required to offer out-of-classroom work experiences to interested high school students.
Work experiences include co-operative education placements for students in grades 11 and 12, as well as job shadowing and other school-work learning opportunities. In 2001-02, about 67,000 young people participated in co-operative education placements alone.

Apprenticeship and skills training
The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program helps young people learn about careers in skilled trades and begin training for an apprenticeship while completing their high school diploma.
To further encourage young people to consider careers in the skilled trades, Spider Jones, sports broadcaster and former amateur boxing champion, was named the Ontario government's first ambassador to promote the skilled trades to high school students.
In the 2003 budget, the Ontario government announced a new model of training that combines a college diploma and apprenticeship training. This model of training will provide another way for young people to start careers in skilled trades.

Technology training
Through the Access to Opportunities Program (ATOP), the Ontario government has expanded enrolment in college and university computer science and high-demand engineering programs. By the end of 2002-03, government investment had exceeded $386 million since the start of the program in 1998-99.
This year, the government will invest an additional $79.2 million. ATOP will accommodate up to 23,000 additional spaces in computer science and high-demand engineering programs by 2004-05.

Youth Opportunities Ontario
The government promotes a wide range of internship, summer job, entrepreneurship, and career training opportunities for young people through the Youth Opportunities Ontario marketing campaign. Details of individual programs follow.

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Program Description Expected
number of
youth
helped
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Job Connect A career and employment preparation 101,600
program that helps young people choose
career goals. Eighty per cent of Job
Connect clients find work, or the
training or education they need.

Ontario Summer Helps young people ages 15 and up find 57,050
Jobs work and runs from April to September.
The program offers a range of services,
including a $2 per hour wage support for
businesses and community organizations
to hire young people for up to 16 weeks.

Ontario Youth Students with 16 high school credits 12,000
Apprenticeship can work towards becoming an apprentice
Program while completing their high school
diploma.

Ontario Internship College and university graduates receive 150
Program two-year internships in the Ontario
government.

Ministry of Natural College and university students in 5
Resources Co-op co-op education programs receive 12-
Program to 16-week placements with the ministry.

Ministry of Natural College and university students, and 91
Resources Internship recent graduates, receive job experience
Program helping with ministry projects.

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Young Provides business training and low- 200
Entrepreneurs interest loans of up to $15,000 to (resulting
Strategy help young people start their own in 400
businesses. jobs)

Graduate Provides businesses with 10 to 15,000
Transitions Tax 15 per cent refundable tax credits
Credit (up to $4,000 per job over 12 months)
to create jobs for unemployed college
and university graduates.

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College or
university-based
initiatives

Co-operative Provides businesses with tax credits 10,000
Education Tax (up to $1,000 per placement) for
Credit creating work placements for students
enrolled in college or university co-op
programs and qualifying leading-edge
technology educational programs or
apprenticeship.

Tutors in the Provides college or university students 1,500
Classroom in math, science or technology with
practical work placements and $1,000
grants to school boards that provide
classroom placements.

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Total 197,596
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For more information visit www.edu.gov.on.ca
For further information: Andrew Bennett, Minister's Office, (416) 326-5748; Dave Ross, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, (416) 325-2709