Skills program funding welcome news

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It was welcome news to hear earlier this week that the province and federal government had inked a deal to help fund jobs and skills training in the province.

The $13.4 million, announced at the Nova Scotia Community College for Nova Scotian programs will certainly be money well spent. Among the programs that will benefit are  those targeted to disabled and aged as well as those simply needing to update training.

In a region like ours where major employers have closed or cut back, this type of funding is crucial to ensuring people are able to find and successfully fill job positions.

The Nova Scotia Community College campuses in Truro and Stellarton will certainly benefit as well through this program because it strengthens the job positions of those teaching the skills.

It’s good to hear too that employers will be involved in the process since they are the ones who know best what skills are needed for the workplace.

Community college leaders have often said there are job opportunities coming to Nova Scotia in the coming years with the Goldboro plant in Guysboro and the ship building contract at the Halifax Shipyard. The concern is making sure that people have the training to fill those jobs. We hope that some of this money will help prepare our people for those opportunities and others that might arise in the future.

As much as jobs are needed for youth, the funding for older workers between the ages of 55 and 64 is also particularly important. Many people have found themselves trying to find a new career after a job loss late in life. Others have spent much of their adult life raising kids and now have trouble re-entering the workforce with dusty diplomas. While they may be close to retirement age, they still need to earn enough money to carry them through. These people also have value as employees because of the wisdom and experience that comes with age. Our workplaces wouldn’t be complete without them.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College, Halifax Shipyard

Geographic location: Truro, Stellarton, Nova Scotia Guysboro

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