Condemning employment assistance cuts
Government’s decision to cut funding to employment assistance offices has left people angry, confused and scratching their heads as to why government would actually think doing this is a good idea and/would help people.
As to a background as to what these offices do: They help people find work, they help them go back to school, they help them write resumes as well as cover letters. Overall what these offices do is they help benefit people who are either un-employed, under employed or disabled. So you can see why the need is there.
With all due respect to the employees at Advanced Education and Skills, I don’t know how the government expects them to handle the increased workload that will come as a result of this move. Especially with a hiring freeze on within the provincial government. The work that could be done easily in the past with an EAS office is now expected to be done by someone at Advanced Education and Skills. Don’t know how that’ll work.
Also what about the clients of these offices? (Of which I am one). Are me and other people supposed to take all that we’ve achieved working with these EAS offices and start over in another area? Govern- ment seems to want us to but I don’t know how after 13 years of working with my local EAS/CPA office and achieving such great results how I can start over more or less from scratch with someone new.
To the provincial government I say: Rescind this questionable decision immediately. At a time when we have all these megaprojects on the go, the time is not right for us to be cutting employment counsellors who could help find people in this province, who are unemployed, fill these jobs.