Elora and Fergus Tourism has been recognized by Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning for outstanding training and support it has provided to local Job Connect participants during employment placements in the tourist information office and in a communications and graphic design position.
Employment training consultant Elizabeth Bender presented a college Employer Recognition award to the township’s Economic Development Manager Dave Rushton, and Deb Dalziel, its tourism and destination coordinator, last month.
Rushton and Dalziel said that working in partnership with Conestoga College provided an opportunity to give young people from the community a chance to develop job-related skills.
Dalziel said, “It is a pleasure to nurture and foster young people in their career paths.”
Job Connect, which has an office in downtown Fergus, is an employment and training program funded by the province. The free service helps employers in Wellington County with hiring needs by providing them with access to people ready to work.
Candidates can be screened so their skills, employment goals, and interests match what employers are seeking. In addition, on-site monitors can provide support to new employees and financial incentives may be available to support training expenses.
Employers can also post job opportunities free of charge in the localJob Connect resource centre.
Participants are currently out of school, out of work, and not in training. Skill levels of participants range from entry level to skilled tradesmen and professionals.
As part of the program, participants work closely with employment facilitators to prepare resumes, improve job search strategies, and enhance job maintenance skills.
For more information on Job Connect and to determine qualifications as an employer or participant, contact Conestoga College’s job connect at 519-843-5513, extension 28, drop by the resource centre at 160 St. David Street South in Fergus, or visit www.conestogac.on.ca.