Rub­bing el­bows and talk­ing jobs

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

Stanstead busi­ness own­ers came out in full force for the town’s an­nual Ren­dez-vous des gens

d’af­faires, held yes­ter­day evening in the Mol­son­Coors room at the Pat Burns Arena. The ca­sual event is or­ga­nized by the Stanstead Em­ploy­a­bil­ity Com­mit­tee. Be­sides busi­ness own­ers, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from or­ga­ni­za­tions that pro­vide ser­vices to busi­nesses, such as the CLD, the CLE, Je­unesse

Em­ploi, the CSSSM and MNA Pierre Reid’s of­fice were also there.

The Stanstead Em­ploy­a­bil­ity Com­mit­tee took the op­por­tu­nity to speak about their new ini­tia­tives with busi­ness own­ers dur­ing the evening. “We will be do­ing a six week train­ing course, this spring, to help young peo­ple to be more em­ploy­able. What we want from em­ploy­ers tonight is just to get a com­mit­ment from them that when they look at a CV, they’ll take a sec­ond look if the per­son has taken this train­ing course,” ex­plained Joanne La­je­unesse McKay, Stanstead’s Busi­ness Devel­op­ment con­sul­tant.

This train­ing course doesn’t come a moment too soon as Stanstead em­ploy­ers are look­ing for work­ers. “Stanstead cre­ated 92 in­dus­trial jobs last year. That’s the big­gest in­crease in the en­tire MRC. Many of those jobs were filled by peo­ple from out­side of Stanstead but we want to fill some jobs with peo­ple from Stanstead,” con­tin­ued Ms. La­je­unesse McKay.

There has been in­vest­ment in the lo­cal gran­ite in­dus­try lately, where most of those new jobs are. “When peo­ple think of gran­ite in­dus­try jobs, they can think of ca­reers now in sales and mar­ket­ing, com­put­ers; it’s not just about work­ing with ham­mers any­more,” she con­cluded.

Stanstead busi­ness devel­op­ment con­sul­tant, Joanne La­je­unesse McKay, was happy with the ex­cel­lent turnout

at the 4th an­nual Ren­dez-vous des gens d’af­faires, held at the Pat Burns Arena last night.

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