Thunder Bay, ON, November 8, 2011- A one-day conference focused on providing information on Employment, Education and Training for the Urban Aboriginal population is receiving major attention in the City of Thunder Bay. The Aboriginal Workforce Resource Conference is at maximum capacity for attendance, with a waiting list for registration.
The Aboriginal Workforce Resource Conference is being hosted by the Thunder Bay Urban Aboriginal Strategy (TBUAS) in partnership with the North Superior Workforce Planning Board (NSWPB). TBUAS Employment & Training Circle Chair, Sharon Smith-Baxter, says; “Registration numbers for this forum are a clear indication that there is a demand for workforce resources for Aboriginal people in the community. Aboriginal people living in the city currently face many employment challenges such as lack of job search skills, lack of education and not having the appropriate training. This event brings all of the necessary resources together in one room, connecting the right people. Together we are trying to find solutions.”
North Superior Workforce Planning Board (NSWPB) Executive Director, Madge Richardson says; “The NSWPB is very excited to host this event along with the TBUAS Employment & Training Action Circle as it is focusing on solutions and strategies to move forward. This is what our Board is all about: connecting community partners and identifying solutions to issues surrounding workforce development. This Forum serves as a positive step to ensure our Aboriginal community is aligned with the emerging labour market opportunities.”
The Aboriginal Workforce Resource Conference is being held at the Victoria Inn on Wednesday, November 9th. The conference will include presentation sessions, a tradeshow, and workshops that focus on skills, how to present yourself to employers, jobs in health, mining and trades, and how to access jobs and apply for entry level positions.
Several businesses and organizations are sponsoring the conference, allowing people to participate free of charge. Continues Smith-Baxter; “Many employers are looking for ways to tap into the skills and the underutilized Aboriginal workforce. This conference brings the two together to network, share ideas and possibly even find employees or employers. Having all of these local businesses on board really displays the community’s commitment to helping Thunder Bay’s Urban Aboriginal population.”
The TBUAS Employment and Training Circle, one of four circle groups that the TBUAS facilitates in Thunder Bay, continues to meet on a regular basis and works to identify and articulate barriers and gaps in Employment and Training for Urban Aboriginal people. Currently, the unemployment rate for Aboriginal people in Canada is almost three times the rate for non-Aboriginal people.
Media are invited to attend the Aboriginal Workforce Resource Conference on November 9th, 2011. The conference starts at 9:30 a.m. Interviews will be available before lunch break at: 11:45 a.m. at the Victoria Inn- Regency Ballroom, following the keynote address.
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