In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce has developed the Training and Employment Network (TEN) to provide support to communities and companies to integrate Indigenous, immigrant, youth, and women workers into the local workforce.
The TEN is funded through Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) and administered by the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce. Through the TEN, the Estevan Chamber of Commerce will receive $10,000 in funding to develop and implement a Community Action Plan that identifies gaps in regional labour markets and create opportunities for employers and workers.
The intent of the TEN is to provide clear and locally co-ordinated pathways for workers to be identified, as well as to present learning opportunities to enhance skills using a combination of existing and new training for employers.
“Our local businesses and workforce have been severely impacted by COVID-19. As a chamber network, we are in a unique position to effectively implement a provincial program that can be tailored to our individual community needs. With the Training & Employment Network, we will focus on supporting key areas of our labour market to move our business community forward,” said Jackie Wall, executive director of the Estevan Chamber of Commerce.
“We are thankful for Western Economic Diversification Canada’s support in launching this important program.”
“Helping employers and people underrepresented in our economy and looking for employment in their communities is the right thing to do,” said Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada.
“The Government of Canada is committed to providing businesses with the vital support they need and working with you to support good, local jobs so that Western Canada’s economy can return strong.”
In addition to the Estevan Chamber of Commerce, other chambers participating in the TEN include Battlefords, Humboldt, Kindersley, Lloydminster, Moose Jaw, Nipawin, Prairie Sky (Warman and Martensville), Prince Albert, Swift Current, Weyburn and Yorkton.
As part of the TEN, a training & employment network directory can be found on the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Training and Employment Network webpage.