September 17, 2012
Manitoba launches labour hotline
Manitoba Start, a program helping prepare immigrants to move to Winnipeg, recently launched a direct phone line for employers looking to fill labour shortages.
“We will work with employers to identify qualified individuals from our pool of workers who meet their specific job requirements,” said Fatima Soares, executive director of Manitoba Start in a press release.
Manitoba Start has been helping new immigrants settling in Winnipeg since 2010 and recently opened its new location in the historic Avenue Building in downtown Winnipeg.
The program provides information and referrals to orientation, settlement and language services, as well as employment readiness services.
“By connecting business leaders with skilled newcomers who can meet their staffing needs, Manitoba Start is supporting our provincial job market and economy,” said Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger.
Manitoba Start helps immigrants once they arrive in the province, but also offers pre-arrival services, including orientation and labour market preparation services, the development of an integration and career plan, Manitoba specific information on the labour market and guidance on qualifications recognition procedures.
In 2011, Manitoba welcomed 15,962 immigrants, the highest level since the start of modern record keeping in 1946.
In cities and towns outside Winnipeg, Manitoba Start arrival and employment services are provided by local agencies. For more information, visit www.manitobastart.com.
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