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From East to West: Provincial workforce strategies update
The BC government announced it is making $10 million in skills-training funding available to provincial sector and industry groups over a three-year period to allow them to play a leading role in creating new training programs to help meet labour market needs.
Under the Labour Market Sector Solutions Initiative, the province is seeking funding proposals for training programs designed to meet current and future labour shortages. Industry-sector organizations will have the opportunity to receive $500,000 per training project.
Skills training programs will focus on unemployed people who have not had an EI claim in the past three years, or five years in the case of parental leave, or low-skilled people who do not have any post-secondary education toward a university degree and lack a secondary school diploma (or equivalent); or who have a secondary school diploma (or equivalent) but do no possess any recognized certification.
A new provincial Workforce Strategy will help to address the economic challenges presented by a shrinking workforce and help Nova Scotians to acquire the right skills for good jobs.
The strategy provides supports to help young people and their parents make informed decisions about career options, and expands adult learning and online learning opportunities. It provides programs for Nova Scotians who are unemployed or underemployed and returning to the workforce or looking for their first job.
It also targets groups that are under-represented in the workforce: women, African and Aboriginal Nova Scotians, people with disabilities, older workers, low-skilled individuals and those who may face other barriers to finding work.
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