Abbotsford youth job program receives $350,000

Grant announced from federal government's Skills Link Program

Abbotsford MP Ed Fast has announced $350,000 in funding for a youth employment program in the community.

The funding was announced Oct. 6 from the federal government’s Skills Link Program.

Agora Employment Essentials, a wholly owned company of Mennonite Central Committee, is receiving the support for a project called Youth Keep Working, to help 42 youth facing barriers to employment.

Project participants will develop the skills and tools necessary to make a successful transition to the job market or return to school.

They will develop useful skills in the areas of problem-solving and teamwork.

They will also gain work experience with local employers in a variety of sectors, including manufacturing, automotive and hospitality.

Participants may also learn skills related to their personal career plans, such as first aid and CPR training.

In 2013, Agora Employment Essentials also received funding through the Skills Link program of more than $350,000 for a similar project, which ended in June 2014 after helping 40 participants.

For more information about Youth Keep Working and other programs offered through Agora Employment Services, visit