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  Approximately 300 young Nova Scotians will receive
  on-the-job training and basic employability skills through
  an innovative program initiated by Human Resources
  Development Canada.
  Secretary of State for Training and Youth, Ethel
  Blondin-Andrew today announced funding for four projects
  under the Youth Internship Canada program (YIC).
  "From coast to coast, young Canadians are getting a taste of
  life in the work world in an interesting and meaningful
  way," said Ms. Blondin-Andrew. "The purpose of this program
  is to help young people make an effective transition from
  school to work and to give them the skills and experience to
  make decisions about their futures."
  The federal government is contributing $500,000 to assist in
  establishing YIC projects for the Inverness District School
  Board, the Guysborough District School Board, the King's
  District School Board and the Atlantic Provinces Special
  Education Authority (APSEA) in Halifax. Under the program,
  school boards may apply for funding to set up projects with
  local business and industry to provide young people with
  job-specific and generic skills to lead them on a structured
  path toward the world of work.
  "Through partnerships with and contributions from business,
  industry and other partners, our young people get a better
  sense of employment opportunities that exist in their own
  communities," said Ray White, Special Policy Advisor on
  Literacy, representing Education and Culture Minister John
  MacEachern. "By sharing their talents and skills,
  communities are providing young people with training
  opportunities that build on what they learn in school and
  prepare them for future employment."
  The projects are designed to meet the interests and
  abilities of individual students. The Nova Scotia projects
  will provide training opportunities in such areas as:
  business information technology, cosmetology, hotel and
  restaurant operations, motor vehicle repair, radio and
  television broadcasting, computer technology, food service
  and the tourism industry.
  The target group for YIC is high school graduates who often
  do not proceed directly to post-secondary institutions. In
  the case of the APSEA project, 30 visually and/or hearing
  impaired young people will have training opportunities in a
  number of areas.
  Project administration will be coordinated through local
  school boards and Canada Employment Centres. Upon completion
  of the training, students are expected to find permanent
  employment, continue on-the-job-training with their
  employer, pursue post-secondary training, participate in a
  job finding club or receive employment support from other
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  trp                       Nov. 23, 1995