TIOW pro­gram ex­tended to 2012

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The ‘Tar­geted Ini­tia­tive for Older Work­ers (TIOW) Pro­gram’has been ex­tended for three years in part­ner­ship with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

Hu­man Re­sources, Labour and Em­ploy­ment Min­is­ter Su­san Sul­li­van an­nounced the pro­gram ex­ten­sion Thurs­day.

The pro­gram is a cost-shared ini­tia­tive de­signed to pro­vide sup­port to un­em­ployed work­ers, aged 5564, who live in com­mu­ni­ties af­fected by sig­nif­i­cant down­siz­ing or clo­sures.

The TIOW pro­gram was sched­uled to con­clude Mar. 31 but ad­di­tional fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions from the pro­vin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ments will ex­tend the pro­gram for three more years.

The Col­lege of the North At­lantic, Burin Cam­pus, of­fered the TIOW pro­gram to Burin Penin­sula res­i­dents in the past year.

Mrs. Sul­li­van in­di­cated “At this time of rapid eco­nomic change, it is es­pe­cially im­por­tant to have the means in place to help our highly ex­pe­ri­enced work­ers who have been dis­placed by clo­sures or lay­offs. The TIOW pro­gram will play a ma­jor role in help­ing th­ese work­ers tran­si­tion to­wards new em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties that will al­low them to con­tinue con­tribut­ing to their com­mu­ni­ties, the econ­omy, and their own fi­nan­cial well be­ing.”

Hu­man Re­sources and Skills Canada Min­is­ter Diane Fin­ley sug­gested the fed­eral gov­ern­ment is build­ing on suc­cess­ful part­ner­ships, like the TIOW, to cre­ate more and bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties for Cana­dian work­ers through skills de­vel­op­ment.

“Through part­ner­ships like this one, we are en­sur­ing that older work­ers across the coun­try have the sup­port they need to adapt to a chang­ing econ­omy, while act­ing on our com­mit­ment to cre­ate the best ed­u­cated, most skilled and most flex­i­ble work force in the world.”

All TIOW projects pro­vide em­ploy­ment as­sis­tance ac­tiv­i­ties such as em­ploy­ment coun­sel­ing, as­sis­tance with re­sume writ­ing and in­ter­view tech­niques. In ad­di­tion, all projects must con­sist of at least two other em­ploy­a­bil­ity im­prove­ment ac­tiv­i­ties that may in­clude ba­sic or spe­cific skills up­grad­ing, op­por­tu­ni­ties for new work ex­pe­ri­ences cre­ated by wage sub­si­dies that are pro­vided to em­ploy­ers, or com­mu­nity based work ex­pe­ri­ences.

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment has com­mit­ted $90 mil­lion to­wards ex­tend­ing the TIOW pro­gram na­tion­ally, with $4,612,292 of this fund­ing di­rected to­ward New­found­land and Labrador over the next three years.

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment is pro­vid­ing $878,531 for the pro­gram.

The Canada-New­found­land and Labrador Agree­ment that en­abled the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the TIOW was signed in the fall of 2007. A to­tal of 120 par­tic­i­pants were in­volved in the 10 TIOW projects ap­proved through­out the prov­ince in 2008-09.

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