NIEFS has introduced a “Resource Worker Job Club” to help those affected by either the resource sector local layoffs and cuts – like those about to happen at Quinsam Coal (pictured) – or the downturn in Alberta oil and gas.

NIEFS tailors program for laid-off resource workers

The North Island Employment Foundations Society (NIEFS) is responding to the recent downturn in some resource-based sectors by starting a new employment strategies program for those who have been affected by cuts or layoffs in those sectors.

The “Resource Worker Job Club,” as it’s being called, will be much like other job-search group programming offered by NIEFS, but specifically tailored for those from resource sectors.

“It will certainly be similar in some ways to other programs and workshops that we run,” says NIEFS Labour Market Manager Shannon Baikie, “in that it will contain work around career assessments, resumes, cover letters, skill assessment, interview skills and labour market information, that kind of thing, but it will be really customized to that particular group.”

That “particular group,” are resource workers who have been impacted to the mining layoffs locally, as well as those affected by the slump in Alberta oil and gas.

“Just last week we were up on-site at Quinsam (Coal) to provide information to everyone who’s being impacted by that current layoff and let them know that they can connect with services and what services we offer,” Baikie says, and this group is another way of supporting that cause.

NIEFS Executive Director Val Meany says there are particular benefits to a customized job search group like this over going it alone – or even as an individual who is making use of professional services like theirs.

“One benefit is that everyone in that room will understand what each other are going through,” Meany says. “It’s a little different than sitting in a room of a whole bunch of different people who can’t relate to what your situation is because theirs is so much different than yours.”

And then there’s the networking that can happen.

“Maybe someone will bring to the table an opportunity that maybe isn’t a fit for them, but it’s the perfect fit for somebody else in the group.”

The five-week program will begin Feb. 19 and run on Friday mornings – because the employees of Quinsam Coal, “are not working Fridays right now,” Baikie says – “making it easy for them to connect to services even before they’re laid off, officially.”

Pre-registration is required to join the group before the start date, Baikie says, so that they can devote the proper resources to the program, and those interested can contact them at 250-286-3441 to get get signed up with a case manager and start the conversation about how to join the group.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Strathcona Regional District has applied again for funding for RE-CREATE project. File photo
Second round of grant funding ‘last chance hotel’ for Strathcona Gardens reno — Commissioner

Commission thinks streamlined application, lower funding ask gives better shot at success

Brighter Day, a youth-led initiative based out of Volunteer Campbell River, is looking to connect seniors and youth with a new pen pal program to help make everyone more connected during this socially-distanced time. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror
New pen-pal program looks to connect seniors and youth in Campbell River

Hope is to ‘make both parties feel less isolated through these challenging times’

As part of NSG, the Vancouver Foundation recently awarded a grant to an Abbotsford resident to organize a socially distanced driveway dinner party for neighbours to get to know each other. Grant applications for such projects can be made with the Campbell River Community Foundation before Oct.26, by residents of Sayward, Quadra and Campbell River. (Neighbourhood Small Grant photo)
Campbell River Community Foundation announces its first Neighbourhood Small Grants program

Grants up to $500 available for projects that comply with physical distancing guidelines from Campbell River, Sayward, Quadra among others

Village of Sayward
Mayoral candidates announced for Sayward ahead of Nov. 21 local byelections

The three positions that will be filled includes a mayor and two councillors

Campbell River Arts Council Executive Director Ken Blackburn was one of a dozen or so divers who took part in the McIvor Lake cleanup day put on by the Campbell River Tide Rippers dive club Oct. 4. Photo courtesy Campbell River Tide Rippers
Campbell River dive club takes 200kg of trash out of McIvor Lake

‘Sometimes we come across things that make you wonder what people were thinking’

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry presents modelling of COVID-19 spread in B.C., March 25, 2020. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. sets another COVID-19 record with 203 new cases

up to 1,766 active cases in B.C., two more deaths

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
British Columbia man dies during ski trip near glacier west of Calgary

Kananaskis Public Safety and Alpine Helicopters responded around 2:30 p.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, following a week-long break for the House of Commons. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
One crisis after another for Trudeau since last federal election one year ago

It has been a year of unprecedented calamity and crisis

Members of the Sipekne’katik First Nation load lobster traps on the wharf in Saulnierville, N.S., after launching its own self-regulated fishery on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Vancouver Island First Nations back Nova Scotia’s Indigenous lobster fishermen

Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council calls for action before lives are lost

Skiers line up to start the Royal LePage Comox Valley Snow to Surf Adventure Relay Race. Photo by Tim Penney
Popular Comox Valley adventure race cancelled for 2021

COVID forces Comox Valley Royal LePage Snow to Surf Adventure Relay Race cancellation again

Most Read