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Province renews funding for Brandon pre-employment program

29.03.2019 17:34
By: Brad Gordon

"Age is an Asset" program aims to help "30-somethings" and up

Brandon East MLA Len Isleifson

Brandon, MB (CKLQ) - The Provincial government has renewed funding for a pre-employment program in Brandon.

The "Age is an Asset" training program is administered through Samartian House.  It's been funded for the new budget year to the tune of over 211-thousand dollars.

Len Isleifson, the MLA for Brandon East, announced the funding today.  He says the program "provides valuable assistance to individuals who face barriers to employment, or who are returning to the labour market after a long absence."

The program takes in 60 individuals a year with ten weeks of classroom traning on essential skills, wellness, job-specific training, and certification courses.  It's followed by a two-week work experience program with a local company.

Originally aimed at workers over fifty years of age, it will now accept workers over 30 looking to crack the work force.

Samaritan House executive director John Jackson says the continued funding for the program is a vote of confidence in the work his organization does with this program.