From barriers to employment – youth skills training


MEDICINE HAT, AB – Area youth are developing job skills and gaining hands-on work experience thanks to a project offered through a Medicine Hat-based employment training program, supported with federal government funding.

Glen Motz, Member of Parliament for Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner announced today, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, over $243,000 in Skills Link program funding has been directed to Being Human Services
to provide hands-on work experience, job search assistance and skills upgrading resources for youth facing barriers to employment.

“Being Human Services’ project is a concrete example of what we can achieve for youth by working in partnership with organizations across the country,” Motz stated. “Projects like this one can help put regular paycheques into the reach of those who need it. But more than that, they give young Canadians the chance to change their future.”

Up to 12 youth will participate in workshops to develop such skills as job search techniques, interview preparation and business communications, all necessary components to help and keep jobs.

“This program has been developed to address the unique needs of “Generations Y and Z,” said Pamela Wagner, President/Managing Director of Being Human Services. “We are eager to provide youth with an opportunity to develop the essential employability skills needed to become successful in today’s labour market.”

Wagner added, “Once they have completed their classroom training, participants will apply and perfect their skills in the real world of work. A number of Medicine Hat and area employers have agreed to work with us to put these young people into jobs where they can ‘earn while they learn.’

The team at Being Human Services believes that employment success comes when people are given the training and support they need to ‘be better and do better’.”

Program participants will have the opportunity to participate in courses such as First Aid/CPR and employee safety, plus gain valuable work experience in such fields as food service, labourer, retail merchandising and administrative support.

“Supporting youth is a critical part of our government’s plan to strengthen the middle class and help those working hard to join it. Giving youth a strong start will ensure that the next generation of capable workers, entrepreneurs, business leaders, innovators and tradespeople achieve success, and grow our economy,” Minister Hajdu said in a prepared statement.


Quick Facts

Youth Employment Strategy

The Youth Employment Strategy (YES) is the Government of Canada’s commitment to help youth make a successful transition to the workplace. The YES helps youth between the ages of 15 and 30 get the information and gain the skills, job experience and abilities they need to make a successful transition to the workforce. The YES includes Skills Link, Career Focus and Summer Work Experience, and is delivered by 11 federal departments.

• Skills Link is part of the Government’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES). The Government invests more than $330 million in YES to help young people gain the skills, abilities and work experience they need to find and maintain good employment.

• Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment—including single parents, youth with disabilities, young newcomers and youth in rural and remote areas—to develop the skills and gain the experience needed to find a job or return to school.


Colleen Valin
Office of Glen Motz, MP

Pamela Wagner
President/Managing Director
Being Human Services INC