New program offers job hunting training in tough economy
MH Enterprises is offering a comprehensive new program to the unemployed this year that looks to provide comprehensive workshops and training sessions to help locals develop job application and employability skills.
Fully-funded by Alberta Human Services and Alberta Works, the New Futures program was designed in response to the downturn in Alberta’s economy to provide instruction to unemployed people to help navigate the weaker job market.
The program runs in two week rotations, with the first week running mornings and afternoons and focusing on developing skills such as money management, stress and time management, identifying skills, goal setting, and networking, with presentations made by Community Futures, Campus Alberta, and Hope College.
“The first week is an attempt to provide people with the tools and instruction, with presenters letting attendees know what options there are to train or upgrade their skills to find a new career,” said MH Director Marina Paarup, who mentions that a number of participants in earlier sessions have already found work through New Futures.
Paarup says the economic downturn has had a noticeable affect on the job market in Drumheller.
“A few years ago the market wasn’t as competitive as it is now so it’s about making sure the information you need on your resume is there and is what employers are looking for.”
The second week focuses on job search skills and is more option based. It will provide individuals with career planning and assessment skills, as well as develop resume writing ability, job search guidance, and interview prep. The second week of New Futures also provides participants with a group “job club” environment where attendees can workshop with others while they hunt for jobs. Counsellors and advisors are also available after the morning sessions.
“It’s amazing how much energy can be generated from just being together with people who are going through the same situation, that you’re not alone in your job search, and using each other’s networks and knowledge,” said Paarup.
“This is forward movement and action.”
New Futures runs on a two week schedule which will repeat biweekly for the next year.
MH Enterprises Instructor Lori Hartman and Director Marina Paarup are excited to invite unemployed locals to the free New Futures program, which seeks to help job hunters develop skills in order to find work in this tough economy.