Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
May 15, 2017

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Gerry Byrne, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour:

Minister Byrne Recognizes Wage Increase for Job Trainers

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize an increase in the hourly wage of very deserving Job Trainers throughout the province.

Newfoundland and Labrador is a leader in helping people with intellectual disabilities secure and maintain employment. The Supported Employment Program is run out of 18 community organizations throughout the province and helps these individuals more fully participate in their communities. A key contributor to that success is the one-on-one support provided by Job Trainers.

With $1 million in federal-provincial funding, the Provincial Government has raised the hourly wage for Job Trainers from $12.25 to $14.80. A further increase to $15.55 per hour will come into effect on July 1, 2017. This brings the rate more closely in line with similar occupations.

This increase will help employers throughout the province recruit Job Trainers, increasing the opportunity for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians with intellectual disabilities to secure employment.

Thank you.

Minister Byrne Announces Hourly Wage Increase for Job Trainers

2017 05 15                              2:00 p.m.