New hope for experienced workers
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.