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PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Publication

 

The employment services centre invests $250 000 in Prescott-russell's youth

Hawkesbury, January 23, 2018 - The Employment Services Centre (CSEPR) proudly announced that it will invest 250 000 $ over the next 5 years in Prescott-Russell’s youth through its Job Succession Scholarship Program. This new program, developed and implemented by the Centre, will be available in early spring 2018 in all participating schools of Prescott-Russell. Upon writing this text, agreements have been reached with the Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien and the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario, and discussions are underway with other local school boards.

The scholarship program will be available from 2018 to 2022 inclusively, and is open to grade 12 students as well as local employers in need of specialized labour. Ten (10) scholarships of $ 5 000 each will be offered annually by the Centre with all participating schools in Prescott-Russell. In summary, the employer in need of specialized labour will inform the CSEPR of his interest to participate in the program, and if retained by the selection committee, his job offer will be presented to students in participating schools so that those interested in a trade or a profession can apply for the position. Once the interview process is completed by the employer, the student chosen for the position will receive confirmation of a guaranteed job with the employer when his postsecondary studies are completed. The Centre will then grant a $ 5 000 scholarship to the student to be paid in 2 instalments as part of the Job Succession Scholarship Program.

« For many years now, Prescott-Russell has been facing the exodus of its youth to large centres, and the lack of skilled labour is now more present than ever in the region,” said André Roy, Executive Director at the Employment Services Centre. “This is basically why the Centre decided to invest in our local youth. The School Boards didn’t hesitate to take part in the project since it will allow our youth to study in a trade or profession they are interested in, and then return to a guaranteed job that was confirmed before they started their postsecondary studies. It’s a winning situation for all. For participating employers, it’s the assurance to have skilled labour in a trade or profession they need. For the student, it’s a guaranteed job, and as an added bonus, they receive a $ 5 000 scholarship that they can use however they want. For Prescott-Russell, it’s the gain of young and skilled labour that will help grow our local economy,” concluded Mr. Roy.

“The Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien is proud to be part of the implementation of the Job Succession Scholarship program and extends its congratulations to the Employment Services Centre for this initiative. Thanks to this innovative collaboration with the French-language school boards, financial support will be available for students who wish to pursue postsecondary studies therefore ensuring a qualified workforce to various local and regional businesses,” said Mr. François Turpin, Director of Education and Secretary.

As for Mrs. Édith Dumont, Director of Education at the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario, she explained that: “At the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l'Ontario, we are very proud to support our students even after they have completed their secondary education. With these scholarships, students will be able to fund their postsecondary studies in order to contribute to the development of a skilled and qualified workforce that meets the needs of Prescott-Russell.”

The Employment Services Centre is currently interested in hearing from employers who would like to register to this scholarship project and submit one or several jobs for evaluation. For further details on the program, they are invited to contact Murielle Huneault Pilon, Job Developer for Prescott at 613.632.0179 or Émilie Avon, Job Developer for Russell at 613.446.4189.

ADDENDUM TO THE PRESS RELEASE DATED JANUARY 23, 2018

An additional School Board is added to the program

It's with great pleasure that the Employment Services Centre confirms that the Upper Canada District School Board is confirmed as participating in the Centre's Job Succession Scholarship Program. With this confirmation, two (2) English schools in Prescott-Russell are added to the existing list of participating schools. 

About CSEPR

Employment Services Centre (CSEPR) is a not-for-profit corporation with 3 offices serving the vast region of Prescott-Russell. Sole organisation dispensing all employment services for the region, it is funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development for the Employment Ontario program, as well as the Ministry of Community and Social Services for the Ontario Disability Support Program, and gets funding for the Ontario Works program from the United Counties of Prescott-Russell as well. The Centre aims to accompany and support all types of clienteles in search of work or reintegrating the workforce, as well as supporting regional employers with their staffing needs. The Centre offers a complete line of tools and resources to its different clienteles, including several subsidized programs, and through its vocation, contributes in an important way to the region’s economic development.

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Employment Services Centre Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l'Est Ontarien Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario
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