Nov 24, 2014

Manitoba launches program to connect employers, parents, students

Career Prospects includes job tours, networking opportunities

The Manitoba government has launched a new program meant to give high school students and parents new and improved access to employers, connecting them directly with experts and information about career opportunities in Manitoba, according to Jobs and the Economy Minister Kevin Chief.

"Many high school students struggle with the all-important question, 'What do I want to do when I grow up?'" said Chief. "This program will create valuable connections between students, parents and employers, helping our youth get a better idea of which careers they would like to pursue and what jobs are in-demand."

Manitoba Career Prospects was developed in collaboration with the Alliance of Manitoba Sector Councils (AMSC), representing the diversity of the Manitoba economy with 15 sectors participating including tourism and hospitality, aerospace, construction, film and new media. The program gives students and their parents an opportunity to speak with and ask questions of experts, learning what it is like to work in different fields.

The website is meant to help parents and teachers:
•connect with employers to co-ordinate on-site job tours
•set up in-class presentations to students from experts in various occupations
•network with business and industry representatives.

"The sector council's leadership of the program will pave the way for enhanced employer engagement and increased opportunities to connect businesses with their future workers," said Lori Slobodian, chair of the Manitoba Career Prospects program working group.

"Connecting with teachers, parents, career counsellors, youth and employers allows us to broker career awareness and exposure opportunities that will create career pathways to Manitoba's leading and emerging businesses."

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