Nova Scotia invests in productivity training

Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters members to receive $101,760
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 04/12/2011

Nova Scotia companies will get a hand in improving their productivity and competitiveness through a new program under jobsHere, the provincial plan to grow the economy.

Members of the Nova Scotia division of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters will receive $101,760 for training. The province is contributing $46,185 of that funding through the Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive, one of two incentives under the Productivity Investment Program. The remaining funding will come from other government partners.

"Funding this training is one way jobsHere is working with industry to help strengthen our workforce," said Percy Paris, minister of economic and rural development and tourism. "This training will teach employees the right skills for good jobs, increase productivity and improve the competitiveness of participating businesses."

The funding will enable Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters to offer Lean certification, which is training that improves productivity and ensures operational efficiency, to its members around the province.

"Increasing the skills of our workforce is one of the keys to making sure Nova Scotians gain the skills they need to make our workplaces more productive and successful," said Marilyn More, minister of labour and advanced education. "Programs like this one are helping support businesses as they work to meet the challenges of today while preparing to seize the opportunities of tomorrow."

The certification training will help workers identify ways they can make their manufacturing facilities and other businesses more efficient. This will help their organizations save money and improve competitiveness.

"This is a dynamic partnership for CME and industry," said Ann Janega, vice-president of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters in Nova Scotia. "This is a great opportunity to deliver an innovative program that hits the high points of entrepreneurship, workplace training, productivity and business development."

The first of three training sessions began March 28 and the sessions will take place until June and then again from September to October.

More information on the Productivity Investment Program, including guidelines and application forms, is available at www.gov.ns.ca/econ/pip .

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