Rubbing elbows and talking jobs
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.