First Nations & Inuit Youth Employment Strategy : The Skills Link Program (SLP)

Program Summary

The SLP has the following objectives:
• to promote the benefits of education as key to labour market participation
• to support the development and enhancement of essential employability skills among First Nation and Inuit youth such as communication skills, problem solving and working with others)
• to introduce youth to a variety of career options
• to help youth acquire skills by providing wage subsidies for mentored work experience
• to support the provision of mentored school-based work and study opportunities such as co-operative education and internships)
• to help First Nation and Inuit youth overcome barriers to employment.

Eligible participants include:
• First Nations and Inuit youth ordinarily resident on reserve, in recognized communities or on community lands, and Inuit who are residents in Canada, but who reside outside their territory, and are no longer eligible to be funded by their territory (proof of refusal is required). Eligible participants have to be legally entitled to work in Canada. Youth means persons aged 15 to 30 inclusive.
• Mentored work placements, including ICT, are for youth who are not in school, or are unemployed or underemployed.
• Co-operative education placements youth may be younger than 15 years of age as activities under cooperative placements are for students in grades 7 to 12 (secondary 1 to secondary 5), enrolled in and attending a federal or band-operated school.
• For career promotion and science and technology activities, youth may be younger than 15 years of age.

 

Eligible Participants

• Residents on reserve or in recognized communities or on community lands
• Individuals legally entitled to work in Canada
• Registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year and who intend to return to school on a full-time basis the next academic year.

Contact Information

For more information:

South First Nations: Contact Indigenous Services Canada Regional Operations (Regina) at (306) 780-5392
North and Central First Nations: Contact Indigenous Services Canada Regional Operations (Prince Albert) at (306) 953-8522

First Nations may also contact their Funding Services Officer directly for a program referral.