A Winnipeg organization has created a jobs program which could serve as a model for all of Canada.
Opportunities for Employment – or OFE – helps 2,300 people on social assistance each year find work.
They’re currently working with the province and employers to recruit and train workers, before they’re even on the job.
Executive director Shawn Mahoney says it’s been a huge success with a Winnipeg manufacturing company.
“It’s resulted in a 20 per cent improvement in the retention of new employees. In fact, we placed 160 people just in one plant in the last 12 months. It’s actually resulted in them building a second plant in the city. So there’s a huge economic gain for Winnipeg.”
Mahoney adds that there is a lot of pride to be taken in this initiative.
“Often times we’ll say, ‘Why do the best ideas in Canada have to come from Toronto and Vancouver? Why can’t they come from Winnipeg?’ This idea is actually coming from Winnipeg and making a difference.”
Mahoney says it’s still a research project with the province but hopes it will soon be expanded, now that they know it works.