by Ruby Arsenault
Employment Resource Centres in Tignish and Alberton offer assisted and self serve employment services to help individuals prepare for, find, and maintain employment.
Tignish Employment Resource Centre:
“Due to the COVID-19 shutdown, I was working from home for 10 weeks,” says Ruby Arsenault, Employment Coach-Facilitator. “I was surprised how quickly clients adapted to online and phone only assistance for those weeks, and I was very happy that some of the services remained intact.”
By May, Ruby says clients felt they required more personalized service, so she began to offer FaceTime appointments. “COVID-19 restrictions have proved that we have to become creative in how we provide services, and it’s vital to stay up–to–date on technology and social media.
“On May 25 the centre opened, and clients were very happy to be able to access services again. People wanted paper copies of their resumés and other supports. At first, items were left outdoors for pick up. Now our operational plan allows us to work in person with one client at a time. A hand sanitizing station is in place and I follow strict cleaning procedures.”
Services currently offered
- Access to current labour market information
- Information on employment programs and employment services
- Access to employment resource materials
- Information on local job postings and access to electronic job postings including but not limited to Work PEI, Employ PEI, and the Service Canada Job Bank
- Assistance with creating resumés and cover letters and filling in job applications
- Faxing, scanning, and printing required documents.
- The centre’s Facebook page is updated daily with local job postings and resource information.
For more information, contact Tignish Employment Resource Centre, 211 Phillip Street. Call 902–882-2498 or email [email protected]
Alberton Employment Resource Centre
“Services at the Alberton Employment Resource Centre continue with safety protocols put in place,” says Facilitator Becky Wedge. “A maximum of three people are allowed in at the same time, and there are arrows on the floors showing where to walk and how to stay six feet apart.
“Chairs are placed at least six feet apart in the waiting room and the office. After each client, anything they have touched is wiped down. Although masks are not required, clients can choose to wear one or not. There are also disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer to use in the common room and the office. I always sanitize my hands before handling papers, and anything printed is placed in an envelope to reduce any contact with germs.
“All of our regular services are still provided, including the use of a public computer. If any clients are hesitant to enter the Centre, I will go out and speak with them from their vehicle or take out any documents they requested.”
For more information, contact Becky Wedge, Facilitator, at 479 Church Street, Alberton or call
Career Development Services, (CDS)
“We continue to support clients at CDS offices across the Island during COVID-19 and have worked hard to accommodate their individual needs,” says Dean Getson, Career Development Practitioner and Site Manager at the O’Leary office.
“We provide information on funding streams for post-secondary studies, support clients as they seek employment, assist with subsidized wage programs, and support people as they go through the career exploration process. This is being accomplished through in-person meetings, phone appointments, e-mail correspondence, and coming soon, virtual conversations,” says Dean.
CDS public access resource centers remain closed for the time being as they continue to look at best practices to manage COVID-19. “Every office has developed an operational plan that best suits the individual site. We continue to respect social distancing guidelines while offering hand sanitizing stations and disposable masks. We want every client to know that we are adhering to all safety precautions while trying our best to meet expectations.”
Contact your local CDS office to be informed on how you can gain assistance:
In O’Leary, visit 454 Main Street or call 902-859-2776.
Visit www.[email protected] or
Community Inclusions Ltd.
The Employment Services Program at Community Inclusions Ltd. resumed service to its clients within three days of the closure in March. From March until May, staff continued to work in a combination of methods including their offices, from home, meeting with clients outside of their homes, and through Zoom.
Employment Counsellor Natalie Horne-Gallant says some changes have been made since March and their COVID-19 Operational Plan is in place.
“The Odd Jobs program is an Employment Services Program offering the public free quotes on work such as house cleaning and yard work,” says Natalie. “This program is now back in motion.”
The Drop-in Day program started back up in June. To keep numbers low, changes were needed. In July, the whole group was able to come back together while practicing social distancing. Participants now use the back door to reduce traffic at the main entrance. COVID-19 symptoms checks, temperature checks, sanitization, and enhanced cleaning are now mandatory.
Employment Services Program staff are able to meet with people in their offices, but appointments are recommended. When individuals arrive for meetings, they must fill in a contact tracing form and be screened before meeting with staff.
For more information about Employment Services Programs offered by Community Inclusions Ltd., contact Natalie Horne-Gallant or Talia Adams at 902-726-3144.
Employment Services is funded by the Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture through the Canada-PEI Labour Market Agreements.