Forestry job placement offices open throughout Interior

Job placement offices catering to displaced forestry workers are now open in five Interior communities, the provincial government said Wednesday.

The offices are in 100 Mile House, Fort St. James, Fort St. John, Mackenzie and Clearwater.

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Each employs a coordination officer who is a displaced forestry worker.

"These coordinators understand what clients are experiencing and are trained to assist others in finding new jobs or training opportunities," the provincial government said.

Those eligible for the help will have their needs and goals assessed before being connected to government programs or services that match them with other jobs, supports or training. This can include education upgrades, special designations, credentials or certifications ranging from trade tickets to driver's licence classifications.

A worker's willingness to move to where similar job vacancies are available will also be taken into account, as will hobbies and skills such as carpentry or cooking, where with additional help, the worker can participate in different sectors and trades facing labour shortages.

The offices have received nearly 100 job-match forms and outreach to workers is underway.

The offices are open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. For questions about the program or eligibility, call 1-844-778-2200 (toll-free).

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