Whitehorse – A Liberal government will create more jobs and opportunities for Yukoners to improve their skills and work credentials, said Liberal candidate for Yukon, Larry Bagnell.
“After recent cuts to the Labour Market Development Agreements, hard-working Yukoners are looking to upgrade their skills and find better jobs, but do not have access to the training they require,” said Bagnell. “With personal debt levels rising, and job prospects shrinking, people in Yukon know that better is always possible. A Liberal government will make it easier for people in our community to get the additional skills they need to acquire and retain good jobs throughout their working lives.”
The Liberal plan will improve investment in skills training through a $750 million annual increase in funding for training programs, which, in the Yukon, will be delivered in partnership with the territorial and First Nation governments. It is very important that $200 million of this is dedicated to those not in the work force or on E.I., who are not eligible for other federal training and need upgrading in areas like literacy and numeracy.
“If elected to government the Liberal Party will invest $25 million per year in training facilities,” said Bagnell. “We will partner with unions and private sector employers to determine an appropriate apprenticeship ratio for all federal infrastructure projects.”
“The $50 million increase for the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy is especially welcomed in the Yukon, because of our large dynamic First Nation youth population looking to improve their skills and move ahead,” concluded Bagnell.
Canadians across the country, rely on the federal government – in collaboration with the territories and provinces – to play an important role in investing in job training.
Backgrounder – Real Change: Job and skills training for Canadians