$1 million in funding for Mission-based youth employment training program

Fraser Valley youth can apply for Express to Success in Agri-Food and Beverage Processing program

More than $1 million in federal funding will be used to help youth in the Fraser Valley gain much needed experience and training.

The Mission Community Skills Centre Society’s new Express to Success in Agri-Food and Beverage Processing program has been awarded $1,015,216 from the government’s Skills Link program.

Jati Sidhu, MP for Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon, made the announcement on Friday in Mission.

“Youth education and training is a policy passion of mine, and I am delighted that my government again has proven its commitment to helping young people get a start in the workplace and crucial experience in possible career fields,” said Sidhu.

The Express to Success in Agri-Food and Beverage Processing project will provide 100 youth with six weeks of group based employability training and eight weeks of work experience in food and beverage processing sector, both vital industries in the region.

According to the Society’s executive director Steven Evans, however, the funding’s impact will be felt for far longer than its duration.

“Over the next 27 months, this funding will engage with and directly place youth into this important work stream, youth who normally may not have had the opportunity to do so,” Evans said.

“But this isn’t just about getting a young person a job and a paycheque. It’s about giving them the tools and self-belief to find a potential career.”

While based in Mission, the training is open to youth across the Fraser Valley.

To register for the program, either as a young person looking for employment or as an ag-food and beverage employer within the Fraser Valley, contact Ron Smith at 604-826-0626 or visit missioncsc.org.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Machine pistol among 14 firearms seized from Alaska man at Abbotsford border crossing

Corey Scott Kettering faces charges of smuggling and prohibited firearm possession

CHARTS: Beyond Metro Vancouver, COVID-19 cases in B.C. haven’t increased much recently

COVID-19 case counts outside of Metro Vancouver have been level since July

Mission asks public for feedback on proposed Tree Management Bylaw

Currently, tree removal and cutting can take place without a permit

UFV to launch Peace and Reconciliation Centre in Abbotsford

Online event on Sept. 24 features keynote speaker Bob Rae and Steven Point

181 days gone: Family continues to look for man last seen in Mission RCMP custody 6 months ago

Brandon Sakebow’s last known location was leaving RCMP holding cell, police say; family has doubts

3 new deaths due to COVID-19 in B.C., 139 new cases

B.C. confirms 40 ‘historic cases,’ as well

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Emaciated grizzly found dead on central B.C. coast as low salmon count sparks concern

Grizzly was found on Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw territory in Smith Inlet, 60K north of Port Hardy

VIDEO: B.C. to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

Test involves swishing and gargling saline in mouth and no deep-nasal swab

Young Canadians have curtailed vaping during pandemic, survey finds

The survey funded by Heart & Stroke also found the decrease in vaping frequency is most notable in British Columbia and Ontario

B.C. teachers file Labour Relations Board application over COVID-19 classroom concerns

The application comes as B.C.’s second week of the new school year comes to a close

70-year-old punched in the head in dispute over disability parking space in Nanaimo

Senior’s turban knocked off in incident at mall parking lot

Mother-daughter charged in 2017 torched-SUV killing in South Surrey now allowed contact

Judge grants Manjit Kaur Deo permission to connect with Inderdeep Kaur Deo through a lawyer

Thousands of child care spaces coming to 35 B.C. communities

Province announces milestone in Childcare BC plan

Most Read