Manitoba News Release: Manitoba Government Announces Key Initiatives to Prepare Manitobans for Labour Market

News Release

Manitoba News Release: Manitoba Government Announces Key Initiatives to Prepare Manitobans for Labour Market

March 12, 2015

MANITOBA GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES KEY INITIATIVES TO PREPARE MANITOBANS FOR LABOUR MARKET

Programs Build Skills, Qualifications for Those Who Want to Join Labour Market: Minister Chief

The Manitoba government has partnered with two community organizations to help people with barriers to employment obtain skills and qualifications they need to find work, Jobs and the Economy Minister Kevin Chief announced today.

"These programs mean more job opportunities start right away for people who might otherwise have employment barriers," said Minister Chief. "More than just earning a living, the sense of belonging and contribution that comes with a job in our home neighbourhoods will make a big difference for their families."

Since 2012, the Manitoba government has invested $591,853 in two programs that are part of the Strategy for Sustainable Employment and a Stronger Labour Market, as well as the Empowered to Change initiative to support parents with young children.

* The Citizens' Bridge program, delivered by the North End Community Renewal Corporation, assists people who are unemployed or have a low income. The program has helped people establish bank accounts, obtain personal identification and take driver's education. To date, more than 1,200 people have received these services including more than 100 participants who have obtained a Class 5L license.

* The Honouring Gifts program is designed to assist single Indigenous mothers transition from social assistance into sustainable employment. The program, delivered by Ka Ni Kanichihk, helps participants develop crucial life skills and employment skills. It also connects participants with work placements. In 2014, there were 17 graduates of the program and each participant has found a sustainable job or is pursuing further education or training. The Manitoba government investment in the Honouring Gifts program allows the participants to benefit from essential skills training to help them connect to sustainable employment.

"Providing Manitobans with access to a bank account, personal identification and driver's education helps remove barriers to employment and assists people with accessing jobs," said Rob Neufeld, executive director, North End Community Renewal Corporation. "This initiative helps reduce poverty and improves social engagement for Manitobans with low incomes."

Minister Chief noted these two initiatives are critical components of Manitoba's Strategy for Sustainable Employment and a Stronger Labour Market and the Empowered to Change Initiative.

More information on the strategy can be found at:
www.gov.mb.ca/jec/eia/pubs/public_strategy_workforce_development.pdf.

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