Tackling labour issues in Cumberland County
Over the coming months Nova Scotia Works CANSA will reach out to the automotive, construction and manufacturing sectors, for example, to get a better understanding of the types of challenges they face. “We know recruitment and retention is a serious issue for many local employers. Providing assistance begins with having the conversation and collecting a little labour market information. Please, take the time, work with our staff, provide us with that valuable information, so that we can find the right supports,” said executive director Elizabeth Cooke-Sumbu. “The province has many different programs to assist employers, through our offices and in partnership with the wider network of community partners. It’s our mandate to assist job-seekers and local business to make those connections.” Nova Scotia Works CANSA is supporting both job seekers and local businesses with employment services aimed to increase recruitment, retention and business growth. The rebranding of employment services across Nova Scotia began in 2015 under the Nova Scotia Works umbrella, as an effort on behalf of Employment Nova Scotia and the province to standardize and enhance employment-related services to all Nova Scotians. As part of that suite of services, Nova Scotia Works offices offer supports to employers and businesses, regardless of size. The role of employment engagement specialist (EES) was added to the system to provide a direct link to the business community. EES staff across the province work with businesses to provide assistance in HR-related matters, such as: recruitment of staff, free advertising services both online and on radio, assistance and information with wage subsidy programs aimed at supporting business growth and retention, connection to provincial programs supporting HR needs in the workplace and many more services. All the services offered are free to all employers across the province. “As our local EES specialist, I work with employers throughout Cumberland County. I can sit down with employers, ask labour market-related questions and provide labour market supports, based on the feedback I receive,” Nova Scotia Works engagement specialist Brent Noiles said.