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First phase of training project completed

Post-secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder, (standing on left), congratulated the participants of the Newcomer Language and Canadian Skilled Trades Training Project in Saint John for completing the language and trade orientation phase of their training on Friday, Aug. 14. The next phase involves a 16-week job placement with a carpentry company in the Saint John region.

Long-term funding for economic development initiatives in Greater Saint John

The provincial government is committing up to $10 million over 10 years to support economic development in the Greater Saint John region. Top row, from left: Quispamsis Mayor Gary Clark; Ron Gaudet, CEO of Economic Development Greater Saint John; and Rothesay Mayor Nancy Grant. Bottom row, from left: Saint John Mayor Don Darling; Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor ...

Ministers meet with stakeholders on closure of wallboard plant in McAdam

Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder, Justice Minister and Attorney General Andrea Anderson-Mason, who is also minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation, and staff from the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour and Opportunities NB met today with McAdam’s mayor, several councillors and the community’s wallboard plant manager regarding the plant’s pending closure. Government staff are ...

Financial support for food services industry training videos

The provincial government is providing about $54,000 toward the development of training videos that will help new employees joining the food services industry. From left: Carol Alderdice, president and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick; Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder; and Peter Stoddart, board member of Restaurants Canada and owner of Saint John Ale ...

New Boots apprenticeship program extended

New Boots, a provincial program aimed at supporting and mentoring women in apprenticeable trades, has been extended by three years. From left: Ashley Ritchie, journeyperson and New Boots program recipient; Ralph Landers, regional general manager of Pro Insul; Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder; Jean Marc Ringuette, president of New Brunswick Building Trades Unions; and Don Bonnell, general ...

Council of the Federation Literacy Award winners

Karen Garnett of Carlingford is one of the two New Brunswick’s 2020 recipients of the Council of the Federation Literacy Awards. Canadian premiers and territorial leaders created the awards in 2004 to recognize outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy in each province and territory.

Provincial government supports plan for Saint John neighbourhood

The provincial government is investing $60,000 in the non-profit organization ONE Change to develop a broad community plan for the old north end neighbourhood in Saint John. From left: Caitlin Corkum, president of the ONE Change board; Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder; and Tamara Kelly, executive director of ONE Change.

National Day of Mourning

Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder (left) and Premier Blaine Higgs lowered the provincial flag outside the legislative assembly to half-mast today in recognition of the National Day of Mourning which commemorates workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness due to workplace related hazards and occupational exposure.

Minister visits an innovation centre for youth

Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder recently visited the IDEA Centre, which is housed at ConnexionWorks in Saint John. A variety of community partnerships are being formed between the private sector and high schools, fostering innovation and entrepreneurship skills among students. The centre is open to all high school students in the Anglophone South School District who would ...

Changes to employment support delivery

The provincial government is changing the way employment programs are offered to better meet the needs of employers, job seekers and communities. To help increase awareness and better promote the reformatted services, the department’s 19 regional employment development offices will now be referred to as WorkingNB offices. From left: Jeremy Robinson, employee of Catapult Training and Employment Office; Leatha Howe, ...

Launch of FutureReadyWabanaki

An initiative has been launched to help Indigenous university students become job-ready while supporting employers in finding and recruiting qualified employees. FutureReadyWabanaki was established as a partnership involving the provincial government and the province’s four publicly funded universities. From left: FutureReadyWabanaki participants Candace Jones, Matthew Golding, Tiffani Fazio, Shyla Augustine, Jared Durelle and Nadia Wysote.

Population growth strategy and action plan released

The provincial government has released New Beginnings: A Population Growth Strategy for New Brunswick 2019-2024, which includes an action plan to increase the province’s population. From left: Thomas Raffy, CEO of the Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick; Joel Richardson, Cooke Aquaculture; Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder; Nicole Grechi, international student; Moncef Lakouas, New Brunswick Multicultural Council; and Constantine ...

Nursing resource strategy released

The provincial government has released a nursing resource strategy focused on recruitment, retention, promotion of the nursing profession, and enhancing nursing education and employment and work-life balance. From left: Jean Daigle, Horizon Health Network; Johanne Roy, Vitalité Health Network; Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder; Health Minister Hugh J. Flemming; Julie Weir, New Brunswick Nursing Home Association and ...

Funding for bridging program to train nurses

The licensed practical nurse (LPN) bachelor of nursing bridge program, which helps train LPNs to become registered nurses, will be reintroduced at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) to help address the province’s nursing shortage. From left: Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder; Petra Hauf, vice-president of UNB’s Saint John campus; and Paul Mazerolle, president and vice-chancellor of ...

Students, educators and employers to be recognized at FutureReadyNB gala

A gala on Nov. 12 will celebrate the success of university students, educators and New Brunswick employers as part of the FutureReadyNB initiative.

Renewed Tuition Bursary program unveiled and tuition tax credit to be reintroduced

Post-Secondary Education Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder unveiled measures to support students, including a Renewed Tuition Bursary program and the planned reintroduction of a tuition tax credit.

Minister attends summit supporting women in the trades

Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder spoke at the New Boots: Progressing Women in the Trades summit. The New Boots program is sponsored by the department and led by Mentor Apprentice Program Strategic Workforce Services Inc. It is a provincial networking and resource hub that promotes, supports and mentors women and girls in the trades.

Public libraries accepting used smartphones to help New Brunswickers with sight loss

Five New Brunswick public libraries are accepting donations of used smartphones to help individuals who are blind or partially sighted. Phone It Forward is a partnership with New Brunswick Public Libraries, the CNIB Foundation New Brunswick and the Canadian Urban Libraries Council, that refurbishes used smartphones and gives them to people with sight loss. From left: Post-Secondary Education Training and ...

Legislative amendments introduced to workers’ compensation system

The provincial government has introduced legislative amendments that address the recommendations from the Report of the Task Force on WorkSafeNB. The amendments are designed to ensure that benefits for injured workers are protected while offering financial stability for the province’s employers. From left: Haley Flaro, WorkSafeNB’s acting chairperson, and Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder.

WorkSafeNB task force report submitted

The WorkSafeNB task force presented its report to the government today. From left: Treasury Board President Roger Melanson and task force chair Dennis Browne.

More than 2,000 summer jobs filled through SEED program

More than 2,000 students are working in non-profit, private sector and municipal government jobs this summer with support from the Student Employment Experience Development program. From left: Labour, Employment and Population Growth Minister Gilles LePage; Jacques Boissonnault, owner of Boissonnault and McGraw Ltd.; and student Vincent Charest.

Next step taken regarding paid leave for individuals subject to domestic, intimate partner or sexual violence

The provincial government has taken the next step to provide workplace leave provisions for individuals who experience domestic, intimate partner or sexual violence. From left: deputy premier Stephen Horsman; Cathy Holtmann, director of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre; Lana Payne, Unifor Atlantic regional director; and Premier Brian Gallant.

Tourism Employment Fund for Seniors launched

The provincial government is investing $2.1 million in a wage supplement pilot program to be known as the Tourism Employment Fund for Seniors. From left: Mehmet Yunli, acting CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick; Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet; Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister John Ames; and Patricia Bernier, head tour guide, Kingsbrae Garden.

Income support and training services for EI claimants affected by gap in benefits

A federally funded program will provide immediate income support and training for New Brunswickers who experience a gap between employment insurance benefits and their seasonal employment. Participating in the announcement were, from left, Acadie-Bathurst MP Serge Cormier and Labour, Employment and Population Growth Minister Gilles LePage.

Public libraries offer free passes to Village Historique Acadien

During Provincial French Pride Week, March 19-25, the public may visit any of the 63 public libraries in the province and present their library card to sign out one free admission pass per cardholder to the Village Historique Acadien. From left: Labour, Employment and Population Growth Minister Gilles LePage; Philippe Basque, historian for the Village Historique Acadien; and Eva Fischer, ...