TRENDS Going Full Speed Ahead

Are you looking for a job? Perhaps you want to start your own small business and aren?t sure how to go about it. Tumbler Ridge Employment Needs Development Services (TRENDS) held an informational meeting for people who have received employment insurance in the past three years or are currently receiving benefits.

Chris Raque, the Employment Clerk at TRENDS opened the session. Terri Hanen followed with an interesting talk on Self Employment programs. Terri was there representing Community Futures.

Phipps Consulting representative Cynthia Livingstone spoke about targeted wage subsidy. Phipps is a private contractor in the Peace region. Their program encourages employers to hire skilled workers who need work experience.

Bill Sutton, Trade Referrals, presented information on trades. Carolyn Golightly from Northern Lights College (NLC) spoke about continuing education programs that are available through the college. NLC student counselor Daryl Simourd presented academic programming and funding and David Szucsko spoke about Adult Basic Education and Literacy.

The afternoon closed with TRENDS Employment Counsellor Cathy Reinitz speaking about programs available through Trends. ?Trends is pleased to offer Tumbler Ridge residents this information opportunity along with the services we provide on a daily basis to our clients.

Tumbler Ridge Employment Needs Development Services (TRENDS) is currently working on its 3rd year of services. In 2003 their employed status was 79% above target, this is up 73% from the 2002?s stats.

TRENDS is contracted by Human Resources Development Canada to provide employment services such as Job Search, Skills enhancement, Career Decision Making and Job Maintenance to the community of Tumbler Ridge. TRENDS also works closely with the Self Employment Program, Target Wage Subsidies, Youth Employment Opportunities and other employment initiatives.

Coordinator Jan Legaspi is excited about the prospects of employment opportunities in the Tumbler Ridge area. ?We are gearing up to assist the unemployed residents secure employment, and hope they will utilize this free service?.