Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
May 3, 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 Recognizes Success of Transitions to Work Pilot Program

Mr. Speaker, I recently attended a graduation ceremony for the Transitions to Work Pilot Program in Corner Brook and was inspired by the dedication and enthusiasm of the graduates.

Transitions to Work was implemented in January 2017 through the merger of the former Employment Transitions and Sector Skills programs. It provides Newfoundlanders and Labradorians with the support they need to secure entry-level employment and financial independence. Compared to the two previous programs, Transitions to Work enhances pre-employment support and job search assistance and introduces new approaches to job placement services.

To date in 2017, Transitions to Work has been offered in five locations – Stephenville, Corner Brook, Marystown, Carbonear, and St. John’s. A total of 58 participants have completed the pilot program in 2017 thus far, including some of our most vulnerable residents. Transitions to Work will next be offered in Grand Falls-Windsor beginning this month.

With funding through the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Job Fund Agreement, I am very pleased that we will continue to deliver and assess the valuable Transitions to Work Pilot Program.

Thank you.

2017 05 03                              2:30 p.m.