Province Seeks Partners to Boost Employment

first_imgThe Department of Labour and Workforce Development is looking for partners to support the Works for You program. Works for You is funded through the Canada-Nova Scotia Labour Market Agreement (LMA) and helps unemployed or low-skilled Nova Scotians prepare for, find, and maintain work. The department issued a request for proposals on Friday, July 30, to registered charities, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions that offer these services. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 7. “Last year, our department and partners provided a wide array of employment programs and training that helped over 2,000 Nova Scotians with their search for employment,” said Minister of Labour and Workforce Development Marilyn More. “We are honouring a commitment to make life better for Nova Scotians in all regions of the province.” Nova Scotia gained 75 certified continuing care assistants through LMA funded training programs last year, filling an industry shortage and connecting people to high-value careers. African Nova Scotians took part in a program that connected them to apprenticeship, employment and post-secondary training opportunities in the construction sector. The program is designed for people who do not qualify for employment insurance and those who lack a high school diploma. Works for You places special emphasis on support for minority groups including Aboriginal or African Nova Scotians, people with disabilities, and Acadian and francophone Nova Scotians. The program also targets youth, women, income assistance recipients, new entrants and re-entrants to the work force, and people who were formerly self-employed. The funding comes from the Canada-Nova Scotia Labour Market Agreement, which was signed in 2008. More information about the Works for You program is available at read more

Water released for Moragahakanda electricity generation testing

Speaking at the occasion, the President said this was one of his dreams which has become reality. “I was waiting for this moment for a long time,” he said. President Maithripala Sirisena released water for research purpose for the electricity generation of Moragahakanda today.The Moragahakanda reservoir reached the required level of 178m for electricity generation due to the high rainfall. The Moragahakanda reservoir in the Knuckles mountain range will provide required water to the farmers while adding 25MW of electricity to the national grid. The research on electricity generation will be carried out for four days following which power will be added to the national grid.The Moragahakanda reservoir is situated 132m above sea level. This has the ability to generate electricity to the utmost level. It will save Rs.336mn annually from the fuel cost. read more