Residents sharpen their skill sets

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Older residents get a better crack at employment, thanks to new program

Twelve older workers in Harbour Breton are hoping to improve their employability factor.

Twelve residents of Harbour Breton are involved in a 21-week project that will help them improve their life skills and carpentry abilities. Albert Loveless is teaching the life skills component of the program, which is being sponsored by the College of th

Harbour Breton is offering the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers (TIOW) program through the Harbour Breton Investment Corp. in conjunction with the College of the North Atlantic.

Tanya Rogers, Harbour Breton’s economic development officer, said the 21-week program involves nine weeks of curriculum study in areas such as computer literacy, career preparation and exploration, safety training and essential skills training.

Afterwards, participants will spend eight weeks on carpentry and four weeks on painting and plastering.

At the end of the program there will be a 12-week community based work experience opportunity beginning in the spring of 2011.

TIOW is a federal and provincial cost-shared initiative aimed at getting older workers back into the workforce.

“I was at home doing very little and getting really bored, so I decided to give this program a try." Selwyn Langdon

“I was at home doing very little and getting really bored, so I decided to give this program a try,” said Selwyn Langdon.

“This curriculum will enhance the carpentry skills I already have and will open up more employment opportunities for me in the future.

“The life skills that we will learn in the activity are also very important as we get to study first aid, personal and professional development, essential skills training and other important areas of this field as well.”

The provincial portion of the program is funded through the Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment.

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Organizations: College of the North Atlantic.Tanya Rogers, Targeted Initiative for Older Workers, Harbour Breton Investment Department of Human Resources

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