News Release - May 11, 1999
MORE TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE THROUGH JOBSTART/FUTURE SKILLS
Post-Secondary Education and Skills Training Minister Maynard Sonntag
today announced that 6,300 Saskatchewan people will benefit from
training and employment opportunities through JobStart/Future Skills
this year, 1,600 more than last year.
"JobStart/Future Skills has been a very successful provincial training
program," Sonntag said. "We are pleased to be able to build on that
success and provide even more training and employment opportunities
for Saskatchewan people."
To help meet emerging labour market needs, JobStart/Future Skills will
receive $19 million this year, an increase of almost $6 million over
1998-99. The additional funding is a combination of incremental
provincial funding plus funding transferred to the province under the
Canada-Saskatchewan Labour Market Development Agreement.
The Minister added, "Since JobStart/Future Skills began in 1995, more
than 13,700 Saskatchewan residents have received employment-related
skills training through the program. For example, JobStart/Future
Skills helped Commutron Industries with the skills training needed to
establish a new business in rural Saskatchewan. Since the printed
circuit board business began in Elbow in 1997, 15 new employees have
been trained and continue to work for Commutron."
The program provides workbased training and employment
opportunities in growing and expanding sectors, including:
agricultural implement manufacturing; agriculture and agrivalue;
tourism and hospitality; film and cultural sector; information
technology and transportation. The program also supports
industry-driven sector partnerships to develop human resource
plans that address the employment and training needs of their
sector. There are 14 sector partnerships so far.
In addition, the program provides retraining, designed in
consultation with business, to help people upgrade their skills
as the business world changes and new technologies are
introduced. More than 2,000 people updated their skills through
JobStart/Future Skills in 1998/99, benefiting both employees and
Training for the unemployed continues to be a fundamental part of
the program. Since 1995, 3,850 unemployed people have been
trained. JobStart/Future Skills also provides training and
employment opportunities for designated groups. In 1998/99 the
proportion of trainees by group was 30-40 per cent youth, 20-25
per cent Aboriginal and 25 per cent social assistance recipients.
"JobStart/Future Skills is a key element in achieving the
Saskatchewan Training Strategy's objective to develop a skilled
workforce relevant to Saskatchewan's labour market," Sonntag
said. "We are linking training to employment for both employed
and unemployed people through partnerships with business,
training institutions, communities and government. Together, we
are all investing in Saskatchewan people."
For more information contact:
Rick Pawliw/Ernie Lipinski
Saskatchewan Post-Secondary Education
Phone: (306) 787-5984/787-8131