Parkland College has rescheduled the start date of its Mature Workers program in Kamsack to Sept. 16, a week later than originally planned. It will now run daily this fall until Dec. 6 at the college’s Kamsack location (Crowstand Centre, 241 2nd Street).
The three-month program is an effort to generate increased workforce participation from people aged 55 and up who are retired or unemployed. It is part of the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers (TIOW) program – a project sponsored by the Ministry of the Economy and cost-shared with the federal government. TIOW projects help older workers get the skills they need to participate in the job market and aims to help employers meet their staffing requirements by hiring those workers.
“Dozens of jobs open up every week in the Parkland region,” said Kim Kyle-Zwirsky, Workplace Essential Skills regional facilitator. “These businesses need quality workers. Regardless of their background or work experience, older workers can meet those needs with the right training and upgrading.”
To participate in the TIOW program, the Ministry of the Economy mandates that older workers must be:
- 55-64 years of age (50-54 and 64+ years of age may also be accepted);
- retired or unemployed;
- legally entitled to work in Canada; and
- lacking skills needed for successful integration into new employment.
Each TIOW project has its own activities. These may include vocational and/or learning assessments, peer mentoring, basic skills upgrading, skills training, work experience, preparation for self-employment, direct marketing to employers, resume and interview skills, and counselling.
“People get back in the workforce at the usual retirement age for several reasons,” Kyle-Zwirsky added. “That could include needing extra money or just wanting to stay active in society and make a difference.”
For more information on the program, call 306.786.7335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.
For more information contact:
Regional Facilitator, Workplace Essential Skills