Oil Sands Job Placement Program Renewed

Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 13:07



A program that’s helped connect Native people in northern Saskatchewan to job opportunties in Alberta’s oil sands is getting more funding.


The federal and provincial governments have announced a $755,000 commitment to the Job Horizons project.


The project includes a database that matches new jobs with skill sets of northern job seekers, and brings matches to the attention of human resource managers.


It also sees job seekers get advice on what skills they need for specific jobs. Once they’ve been hired, they are also assisted with the transition into the new work.


Western Economic Diversification Canada spokesperson Joanne Mysak says this is a continuation of a former program called “Bridges to Employment”.


Since the project’s inception last April, it has placed more than 175 northerners into jobs in the oil sands sector.


Project managers hope to find work for another 160 to 200 northerners in the coming year.