Networking is the key to finding out about opportunities when starting or restarting your career. “PEI Network gives people who are job ready the tools and resources to create opportunities,” says Alana Walsh, PEI Network Program Manager.
“Participants have an opportunity to create their own local networks of professionals, learn more about their field, identify job opportunities, get career advice, and become more rooted in their community.”
The aim is to connect PEI’s newest talent to the workforce through networking. It is a simple three step process: match, connect, and refer.
New Islanders and recent graduates wanting to connect with employers and the business community interested in meeting new talent can sign up online. Those in the business community are matched with pre-screened participants. One match leads to one connection with a company representative, who then refers the person to three more connections: 1+1=3. “The program is a process of increasing chances of opportunities,” says Alana.
“We are pleased to have a partnership with the National Connector Program to bring this program to PEI,” says Penny Walsh McGuire, Executive Director of the Greater Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce.
“The national program is a tried and true career networking program that had its start in Halifax and now works in many cities throughout Canada.
“There is a huge increase in the numbers of our chamber members who want to connect with new talent, and in the numbers of newcomers and graduates wanting to connect with local businesses, so this program is a perfect solution. This program is open to businesses across PEI.”
“Our population of 152,700 is the highest it has ever been,” says Economic Development and Tourism Minister Chris Palmer. “It is important to do everything we can to help Islanders have a successful and satisfying life on PEI. PEI Network will be a valuable tool to greatly improve the likelihood new Islanders and recent graduates will remain on PEI and help fill key labour gaps in our economy.”
“Our economy is stronger than ever, and our population growth is presently the fastest in Canada,” says Workforce and Advanced Learning Minister Sonny Gallant. “PEI businesses are diversifying into new areas, so it’s important to connect talented newcomers and graduates with the people who can help them build great long-term careers on PEI.”
“PEI Network will help keep talented people in the province by connecting them with fulfilling jobs, while addressing labour market needs common across the Atlantic region,” says Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
For more information, visit www.peinetwork.ca.
Funding is provided in whole or in part through the Canada/PEI labour market agreements.
The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce serves as the Voice of Business on economic issues for close to 1,000 members representing more than 18,000 employees in small, medium and large enterprises in the capital region.