News Release - November 28, 2001
GRAND OPENING OF MELFORT CAREER, EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
Melfort and area residents now have one convenient place to get help
planning a career, improve their education or job skills, find a job or
fill a job vacancy. The Melfort office for Canada-Saskatchewan Career and
Employment Services is now located with Cumberland Regional College and the
Melfort School Division No. 100.
"All Saskatchewan people now have one-stop, local access to education,
training and employment programs and services, whether in Melfort or at one
of the other 19 offices," Post-Secondary Education and Skills Training
Minister Pat Lorjé said. "We are working with employers and our regional
partners to link people, especially young people, to the jobs and other
opportunities that connect them to a bright future right here."
"This new office is an excellent example of what happens when governments
work together to meet the employment needs of its citizens," Human
Resources Development Canada Minister Jane Stewart said. "Under a Labour
Market Development Agreement with the Province of Saskatchewan, employment
programs and services are now streamlined so that Canadians can have easier
access to career and education information."
The shared facility between Cumberland Regional College and Career and
Employment Services offers a variety of resources, including: written and
electronic materials on resumé writing and occupations; counsellor-assisted
career planning; and computerized services, such as CD ROM software and
videos. Of special interest is a unique job matching service for employers
and job seekers called SaskJobs, found on Saskatchewan's career and
employment website SaskNetWork (www.sasknetwork.ca). Information is also
available by phone toll free at 1-800-59START (1-800-597-8278).
Noting the college has expanded its classroom area, Cumberland Regional
College CEO Valerie Mushinski said, "We are very pleased to be co-located
with the regional services office and the School Division. This regional
partnership greatly enhances our service and programs to the people of
Melfort and area."
Local access to a variety of information, training and education programs
is available through the office, including pre-apprenticeship,
JobStart/Future Skills and other skills building programs, basic education,
university courses, literacy and income support programs.
"This joint-use facility is beneficial to our community and will provide
the opportunity for our high school students to readily access information
on further education and skills training," Melfort School Division Board
Chair Lorie Annand said.
The Canada-Saskatchewan Career and Employment Services offices are a result
of the Canada-Saskatchewan Labour Market Development Agreement, signed in
February, 1998. Under the federal/provincial agreement, the Government of
Saskatchewan assumed responsibility to provide career and employment
programs to Employment Insurance (EI) clients. The Government of Canada is
a funding partner for these programs and services through the EI Account.
The agreement builds on a collaborative, sector-wide post-secondary
education and skills training strategy to ensure all residents have access
to flexible, relevant, quality training and employment services.
For more information, contact:
Pat Bauer Valerie Mushinski
Regional Director CEO
and Skills Training Cumberland Regional College
Phone: (306) 752-6243 Phone: (306) 862-9845
Cell: (306) 441-1849
Lorie Annand Kevin Weighill
Board Chair HRDC
Melfort School Division No. 100 Phone: (306) 975-4515
Phone: (306) 752-9271