CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK

Jody Hicks has been employed with Progressive Employment Services Ltd. for over one year. She travels here from Fort St. John. Actually Jody travels the whole Peace Liard Region ? Tumbler Ridge to Fort Nelson. She visits every city or town at least once a month, and she is currently visiting Tumbler Ridge three times a month, and no matter where she travels is always available during office hours on her phone.

Progressive Employment Services Ltd. provides the TWS subsidy to Employers when they hire people who are presently on EI, or have been on EI at some time in the last three years, or parental leave some time in the last five years.

The Targeted Wage Subsidy provides up to fifty per cent of wages to a maximum subsidy of $8.00 per hour. The subsidy can last up to six months depending on how much training is required. The Employers qualify for this program if they are hiring full time people with long term positions in mind and the employees work a minimum of thirty hours per week. The goal is to allow new employees to be trained in areas where they may be lacking, and to help the Business offset the cost of the training. This program is provided at no cost to either the client or the employer; it is funded through the Province.

Jody?s background for all of her working life has been in Customer Service, her last position before moving to the area 12 years ago was as a Western Regional Manager of a Telecom Customer Service Centre based out of Calgary.

Jody is also very familiar with Small Business and their needs because when she moved to the Peace Region she started and ran her own small business as a Telecommunications Contractor / Web designer for over ten years and still today she builds web sites and does web site work for her old and new clients in her spare time.

Jody says she loves her job, getting to meet people every day, both clients and employers, and believes this program truly does help both the worker and employer, matching them up to improve both the client?s training and experience and providing employers with valuable additions to their staff.

Jody has been married to her husband Mike for thirty four years, with two grown children and as she said ?three wonderful grand children?. Mike is a Supervisor for WL Construction located in Fort St, John. WL Construction is the largest commercial construction company in the Peace Region.

I asked Jody how many people she places in work. She replied ?approximately eighty per cent of the people we are working with throughout the area that Progressive Employment serves get jobs. She went on to say ?the Employment Assistance Councilors in the Peace Liard Region are excellent, they help tremendously, and that makes a huge difference, and together we all work hard to find work that is the best fit for our clients. Jody is currently working with Trends in Tumbler Ridge, Job Search in Dawson and Chetwynd, Employment Connections in Fort St. John and Fort Nelson Employment Services and also directly with Employers looking for staff.

Progression Employment Services Ltd. has been in business since 1997. The Chamber of Commerce appreciates it when a new Business comes to Town to work and they join the Chamber of Commerce right away. It shows that they are not here to take work away from our local businesses but they are here to help. Jody came to the office late last year and paid her 2008 and 2009 membership right away. With an employee like Jody working in our region who has been customer oriented her whole working life; they will continue to be in business.

We are proud to Spotlight them this week, and know that they will work with Trends to get our unemployed back to work.

You can call Jody on her phone, she will make an appointment to see you on her next visit, or you can email her, she would be more than pleased to discuss this great Program, or visit Progressive Employment Services Ltd. website for more information.

Jody Hicks 250.262.7468

Fax: 250.262.0095

Email: jody@pesl.ca

Website address for the TWS Program: http://www.pesl.ca/index/tws.html