Prince George, British Columbia-Up to 60 unemployed older
workers in Prince George will be receiving help to improve
their skills to re-enter the workforce through the Targeted
Initiative for Older Workers. Bob Zimmer, Member of
Parliament for Prince George-Peace River, on behalf of the
Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and
Skills Development, and the Honourable Pat Bell, Minister
of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister
responsible for Labour, made the announcement today.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs,
economic growth and long-term prosperity," said Mr. Zimmer.
"Through the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers, we are
helping unemployed older workers inPrince Georgedevelop new
skills so they can make the transition to new jobs."
The governments of Canada and British Columbia are making a
joint investment of over $560,000 in the Employment
Action's Seasons Employment Program for Older Workers
project. Through this project, participants will get eight
weeks of classroom training and eight weeks of actual work
experience to increase their work skills and ensure they
can continue to participate in the labour force. After
participants graduate from the program, they will continue
to have access to mentoring and support services.
"Programs like the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers
help us leverage an important resource in our economy:
older workers," said Minister Bell. "Using labour market
programs like these and others under the Canada-BC Labour
Market Agreement will help Prince George capitalize on the
human resources we already have in this province so we get
the right people the right skills to fill the over one
million jobs we expect in BC by 2020."
The Targeted Initiative for Older Workers (TIOW) is one of
the Government of Canada's initiatives that help unemployed
Canadians stay connected to the job market while addressing
Canada's labour shortages.
"In order to achieve labor market attachment or
re-attachment for older workers, programming that makes use
of strategic, intensive and longer term interventions are
required," said Lori Forgeron, Executive Director,
Employment Action."Programming must also include ample
re-training options in order for the older worker to make
viable re-connection to the labor force.The Seasons
Employment Program for Older Workers project will work
collaboratively with local employers in order to identify
and address workplace issues that act as barriers to
employment for the older worker population."
To date, the TIOW has targeted more than 18500 unemployed
older workers to retrain for new careers in support of the
Government of Canada's broader strategy to create an
educated, skilled and flexible workforce.
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Office of Minister Finley
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and
Skills Development Canada
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