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Monday, July 28, 2014
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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.



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For more information, contact:



Pat Bauer Valerie Mushinski

Regional Director CEO

Post-Secondary Education

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
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