Bowater Mersey closure aftermath: Nova Scotia and Resolute Forest Products investing $125,000 each for career specialists
Nova Scotia and Resolute Forest Products are each contributing $125,000 to getting career specialists to help the workers left without a job after the closure of Bowater Mersey.
The career specialists will provide the workers with training and match them with available local jobs.
“The Liverpool and Bridgewater career resource centres are reporting an increase in visits from those affected by the closure,” said Marilyn More, Minister, Labour and Advanced Education. “While the centres are there to help anyone who’s unemployed, this investment ensures a dedicated resource is available for displaced Bowater workers.”
The money will fund three, 52 week positions for a full-time job developer and 2 part-time transition needs development officers.
$80,000 of the funding will support additional program options for workers who require help to retrain or to re-enter the workforce.
“We believe this measure of community support is an important step and commend the province and local authorities for their leadership, said Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer of Resolute Forest Products. “Our company’s financial contribution will help provide important transition services to impacted workers throughout the region.”
The job developer’s role is to identify employers in the area who are hiring, then match workers to those available jobs. The job developer will split time between the Liverpool and Bridgewater offices.
The transition needs development officers will help workers identify their employment options or training needs. The Liverpool and Bridgewater office will have one officer per location.
“There is a huge job to be done with respect to training and retraining,” said John Leefe, Mayor, Region of Queens Municipality. “This is a welcome investment that will help us take the necessary incremental steps for the long journey ahead.””
Source: Government of Nova Scotia
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