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    

Published on July 28, 2017

Public Services and Procurement Minister Judy Foote was in Marystown for Thursday to announce funding for the Skills Link program at Smallwood Crescent Community Centre.

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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.

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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“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 26-week 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.