September 18, 2019

Funding To Help Regina Job Seekers Prepare For Workforce

Today, Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison announced funding to support job seekers in Regina.

The province is investing $783,000 into the Employment Pathways program at the Regina Work Preparation Centre.

The investment will assist people facing barriers to employment or who are unemployed or underemployed with job readiness and basic skill development to prepare for the workforce.

The program will support 300 job seekers on their path to sustainable employment while developing strong employees who have the skills needed to be successful in the labour market now and in the future.

“A strong economy is dependent on good jobs and a skilled workforce,” Harrison said.  “Our government is proud to partner with the Regina Work Preparation Centre, and to invest in programs that help Saskatchewan people gain the skills they need to secure meaningful employment.”

“Entering or re-entering the work force is tough, and we are proud to continue our longstanding partnership with the Ministry of Immigration and Career Training to support individuals on their journey to employment in a way that fits their needs,” Regina Work Preparation Centre Executive Director Ashley Boha said.  “Whether through supported job seeker services in our computer lab, an employment group for frustrated job seekers or direct one-to-one supports, Work Prep is thrilled to continue providing these services in our community thanks to the support of the Government of Saskatchewan.”

The province has been investing in the Regina Work Preparation Centre, including the Employment Pathways program, for more than 10 years.  The Employment Pathways program delivers specialized career and employment services to job seekers in Regina with a focus on individuals facing multiple barriers to employment.

Readiness and skill development activities include:

  • Development of suitable and relevant employment and/or education goals through the completion of skills assessments, identification of transferable skills and the relation to current and future labour market needs;
  • Self-marketing tools, including resume writing, cover letters, online job applications, job search tools, interview prep and employer networking;
  • Life and employability skill development including conflict resolution, decision making, creative thinking, interpersonal awareness and relations, communication and leadership; and
  • Hard skill development, including certificate training in customer service, technology, workplace safety and safe food handling.

The Regina Work Preparation Centre is a non-profit, charitable, community-based organization that has served the Regina community for 45 years.  It has helped more than 20,000 people find employment.  Using innovative employment services that align with labour market needs, Regina Work Preparation Centre also partners with employers to identify job seekers that match their required qualifications and provides ongoing connection and support for employers and employees to ensure success.