Federal funding announced in Millbrook for youth employment

The federal Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Patty Hajdu has announced $1.1 million in funding to help Indigenous youth find employment.

The Native Council of Nova Scotia is running ten sessions over the next two years for Helping Youth Prepare for Employment/Education, or HYPE.

The Truro session is underway, with eight participants who have gone through the four-week pre-employment workshops and are now into a twelve-week work placement.

Speaking at the Millbrook Cultural and Heritage Centre on Thursday, Hajdu says it's a Catch 22 for young people without work experience, as they can be passed over for jobs and are unable to gain experience in the first place.

She says it's a form of exclusion that can trap people.

Dartmouth and Sydney will host two more of the HYPE program sessions, with others in Liverpool, Amherst, Bridgewater, Coldbrook or Kentville, and Yarmouth or Digby.