BRANDON—A successful program designed to help job-seekers find and prepare for employment is expanding to Brandon, ensuring people in the Westman region can access these important supports and achieve greater financial independence, Families Minister Heather Stefanson announced in the community today.
“Jobs on 9th will be a single-window resource for job seekers, with supports for people who are ready to find and successfully apply for work,” said Stefanson. “We’ve seen a lot of success with this approach in Winnipeg, which is why we are expanding to serve the Brandon and Westman regions. We are investing in proven strategies that will make a real difference in the lives of Manitobans and their families. The advice and support they receive at this service centre could change the rest of their lives.”
Jobs on 9th will launch this fall, modelled after the Jobs on Market service centre in Winnipeg. It will support individuals looking for employment with resume development, job search counseling, job referrals, connections to community resources and access to computers, phones and printers. Work-related expenses for clothing, transportation and equipment, and emergency food vouchers are also available for clients.
Provincial staff will work quickly with clients to fully assess and identify their needs to enter or return to the workforce. They will also monitor client progress for up to 90 days to improve employment outcomes.
The minister noted the office, located at 127-340 Ninth St. in Brandon, is currently being renovated to better meet the needs of clients. Once it opens, the centre will have three dedicated staff to support the employment goals of Westman residents.
In just over two years, Jobs on Market in Winnipeg has met with and provided services to more than 4,900 people and approximately 2,200 of them have gained financial independence without Employment and Income Assistance (EIA).
Source: (Province of MB News Release)