As a participant in the Family Life Centre Skills Link Employment program two years ago, Nathaniel Rookwood acquired useful job and photography skills that enabled him to acquire employment with SNAP Newspaper Group Inc.
He’s among 255 young people that have passed through the program since its inception a decade ago. Just six have failed to graduate and 133 are known to be employed or pursuing higher education.
Word of Truth Christian Ministries (WTCC) administers the program that helps new immigrants and young unemployed Canadians obtain useful career information, develop marketable skills, find suitable jobs and remain employed.
Based on the enormous success, the federal government is contributing $317,000 to sustain the program.
Member of Parliament Corneliu Chisu made the announcement at the Pickering church last Sunday.
The funding will be used to help 24 young people develop the skills and experience they need to make a successful transition into the job market.
“Our government is proud to support organizations like yours so that young people can develop the skills they need to enter and succeed in the job market,” said the Scarborough-Pickering East MP. “Many youth looking for work are struggling to get their feet through the door because they don’t have any experience.”
Fisher and members of his congregation were ecstatic after the new funding announcement was made.
“I do believe that at this time in our global history when our youth are being encouraged through social media to be part of religious extremism that’s responsible for the murder of innocent people that governments and non-government agencies should dig a little deeper and continue to look at ways to engage young people, regardless of their religious or political beliefs,” said Fisher. “I am happy that the federal government recognizes the importance of investing resources to help our young people, many of whom are newcomers and school dropouts like the ones we deal with.”
The Canadian government has contributed nearly $1.5 million to the program in the last 10 years.
Prior to becoming a pastor, Fisher dabbled in politics in his native Guyana, serving as region chair for Kitty for the People’s National Congress (PNC) party. After migrating four decades ago, he worshipped at several community churches, including Malvern Christian Assembly before joining Revivaltime Tabernacle World Wide Ministries in 1985 where he served as the Worship Leader and Minister of Evangelism.
Fisher left Revivaltime in 2000 to start Word of Truth, which has an active membership of about 500.
The next Skills Link Employment class begins in May. Interested students can send their resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.