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All Nations Job Fair features 100 businesses
CJME News Talk 980
Reported by Courtney Mintenko
Buses filled with young people from Regina high schools and Saskatchewan First Nations headed to Evraz Place Wednesday for the All Nations Jobs Expo.
The sold-out event promoted jobs and training in the trades. Over 100 booths provided information on different education and job opportunities right now in Saskatchewan.
Points Athabasca FHQ was one of the company booths that aims primarily at working with First Nations and Metis people. The group has a goal set to help 300 people find employment by November 2014, which Athabasca's Francis Starr called an aggressive goal.
"We assist individuals with (getting) work boots, safety tickets (and) getting them in touch with the right people to get them to work," Starr explained.
Although Points Athabasca FHQ has already reached a third of its goal Starr said a big obstacle is explaining to First Nations and Metis people exactly what it means to work in the industry.
"Unfortunately a lot of people on reserves, they don't want to lose their homes, they don't want to relocate. (Trades) is one of the unique opportunities where we can actually take them to work where their camp is provided, they've got their living accommodations (and) their food. Then when they're done their shift after 14 days or 21 days they're back home with their family spending that money."
Starr is hopeful they can reach more people through the job fair but they also promote success stories of individuals to try and reach out to their friends and family.
The job fair is a partnership between the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce and the Ministry of the Economy.