Labour and recruitment focus of economic development department

Mike Carson
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SUMMERSIDE – The city’s economic development department is undertaking its first quarter strategy of labour and recruitment through the Skills Matcher Program.

Coun. Ron Dowling, chairman of the city’s economic development committee, told city council Tuesday night, that the idea is to lay out clearly the skills in the local labour market to businesses.

Dowling said the underlying theme of all the goals and objectives of the economic development office is the creation and delivery of effective programs with the broadest possible reach and this is where the Skills Matcher Program comes into play.

“The Skills Matcher Program is an online tool that matches recruiters with candidates,” he said. “The program has been well received by business partners and stakeholders within the community and continues to gain traction in its database of candidates.”

The basic idea is that candidates can put their resume in and have it reviewed by businesses looking for employees with their particular skills. Skills Matcher Tool is discreet, free, and simple to use.

Dowling said the program has been “in place for a while” but was slow starting up. Now there are ongoing tactics to improve its visibility.

“Over the last number of months, it has picked up considerably,” he said.

For more see the print edition of the Journal Pioneer

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  • John W.A.Curtis
    February 21, 2013 - 08:08

    P.E.I. isn't dealing with young people leaving because our Island pays the lowest weekly wages in Canada. Students in Atlantic Canada take the longest to pay their loans because of low wages. Summerside Chamber of Commerce opposed raising the minimum wage sending the message accept low wages or move-on. I refused to run for mayor because of summerside's low wages Summerside has one M.P. ,one Senator , five MLAs , one Mayor and eight city councillors so there is no excuse to pay the lowest weekly wage in Canada

  • billy
    February 21, 2013 - 07:06

    Here is an economic update Ronney; get rid of the Storm(400,000 per year),quit trying to be bigger than you are,deliver programs that are cost effective without going into massive debt(90 million and counting)ie keeping Route Two operating with your high speed fiasco and listen to the people whom put you in.Charlottetown has 34,000 people and are 60 mill in the whole.And we have 14,000 for over 90 mil........when does the idiotic spending end.....