New hope for ex­pe­ri­enced work­ers

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Re­cently, Or­ford MNA Pierre Reid met with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Emploi-que­bec Es­trie and the Cen­tre des ser­vices partages du Que­bec to dis­cuss pos­si­ble open­ings in the public and para­pub­lic sec­tors for ex­pe­ri­enced work­ers who have lost their em­ploy­ment and do not hold a high school diploma.

Mr. Reid was happy to learn that em­ploy­ment coun­selors at Emploi Que­bec and at the Cen­tre lo­caux d’em­plois (CLES) were aware of the sit­u­a­tion and helped ex­pe­ri­enced work­ers to show the value of their qual­i­fi­ca­tions and ex­pe­ri­ence to public and pri­vate sec­tor em­ploy­ers.

The deputy now in­tends to meet with the au­thor­i­ties re­spon­si­ble for hir­ing in mu­nic­i­pal, hospi­tal, school, col­lege and univer­sity set­tings to dis­cuss the pos­si­bil­i­ties of hir­ing ex­pe­ri­enced work­ers who are with­out high school diplo­mas. He will do the same with sev­eral large em­ploy­ers in the pri­vate sec­tor. The mayor of Ma­gog, the gen­eral di­rec­tor of the CSSS Mem­phrem­a­gog and the gen­eral di­rec­tor of the des Sommets school board have al­ready shown a good deal of sen­si­tiv­ity to­wards these work­ers.

Mr. Reid un­der­lined the fact that this ini­tia­tive aimed to help work­ers with years of ex­pe­ri­ence for who the pos­si­bil­ity of ob­tain­ing a high school diploma was not re­ally an op­tion. He re­mains a firm sup­porter of school per­se­ver­ance and re­mains con­vinced that the best op­tion for good em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties comes with a high school, vo­ca­tional school, col­lege or univer­sity diploma.

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