In a time when businesses are cutting back on spending and staffing, there is good news on the horizon for Prairie Skills Employment Services Project (PSESP) based in Deloraine. Diana Mathison, Employment Services Coordinator at PSESP announced recently they are growing. “We will be adding another staff member in November. We had over 200 clients for the last contract year. We believe this is due to renewed energy and getting the word out about the services offered in all communities form Melita to Cartwright. There are plans to go further north as well.
“We have a fresh look at everything and support from our board has been fantastic — they are progressive and positive. They understood the need and encourage the growth,” she added.
A new contract year starts November 1, 2019. PSESP are planning to host more workshops on such subjects as resume writing, job search, communication in the workplace, respect in the workplace, employment standards to name a few.
“We are also partnering with Career Connections and EAPD (Employment Assistance for People With Disabilities). We hope to create more networking and to do needs assessments with employers, councils, the community and businesses. We will also do a needs assessment with Workplace Education MB.”
In Boissevain PSESP will be focusing on the employment growth. In Melita, Hartney and Souris the focus will be on the high unemployment rate. Deloraine has the lowest unemployment rate. “We will focus on the labour force to Boissevain and Killarney where the need is strongest,” added Mathison.
A weekly job board is updated regularly at the office (Prairie Skills building) as well as on social media, the website, Municipal Offices, libraries and Co-op stores.
“We will be more accessible to sit and met with people. We plan to meet more with employers. PSESP are open to hiring people with barriers, it is the hub to funnel outside agencies with one resource. We are here to nurture employability skills and are starting a relationship with the school. Until recently we couldn’t speak to students under the age of 18, but that has changed, so we will be encouraging them to participate in workshops and in one-on-one meetings. We will give them all the options.”
PSESP plans on hosting Job Fairs — probably in Melita and Boissevain, and a smaller scale format for Deloraine.
An Open House took place Wednesday, October 21 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Look for future articles regarding the Open House and future plans.