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Workforce Development Act Introduced In Legislature

by NationTalk on April 16, 2008498 Views

Manitoba News Release
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April 15, 2008
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Act Will Build on Success Of Sector Councils: Swan

Competitiveness, Training and Trade Minister Andrew Swan today introduced the Advisory Council on Workforce Development Act which would support and enhance the continued partnership of industry, labour and government representatives in developing provincial workforce policies.”The act would create an advisory council to provide information and advice to government about workforce trends, initiatives, policies and strategies for developing Manitoba’s workforce,” said Swan. “The partnerships developed as a result of advisory council support will help Manitoba’s industry sectors with recruitment and retention strategies and improve employment opportunities for Manitobans.”

The advisory council would consist of seven to 10 people appointed by the minister, the majority of whom would be based on the recommendation of industry sector councils, as well as provincial representatives.

Industry sector councils are human resource development and training organizations that bring together representatives from key stakeholder groups in an industrial sector or, in the case of the Northern Manitoba Sector Council, a geographic area.

“These partnerships will allow our province to be responsive to Manitoba’s labour needs and will ensure that we continue to grow our economy,” said Swan. “We look forward to hearing the advice of the council in order to stay ahead of the curve and meet the needs of workers and employers.”

Manitoba currently partners with and supports the activities of
16 sector councils.

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