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NWCC partners with province to host BC Jobs Plan initiative

TERRACE Northwest Community College (NWCC), in partnership with the Province of BC, hosted a cross-section of regional leaders today as part of the latters recently-announced BC Jobs Plan. This purpose of this open house forum, which took place at NWCCs Terrace Campus, is to start a dialogue among key regional stakeholders for input towards the development and implementation of a Regional Workforce Table (RWT) in the region. The main objective of a Regional Workforce Table is be to bring together key stakeholders from industry, labour, employers, First Nations, educators, training service providers, economic development organizations and others, to identify opportunities and make recommendations to align skills training and labour market programs to meet regional employment needs. NWCC has been working with business and industry to meet the needs of future workforce demands, said NWCC President, Dr. Denise Henning. Creating a framework for a Regional Workforce Table is an important part of the big picture planning that needs to occur we all need to work together in order to take full advantage of the opportunities coming to this region. Having a common understanding of major projects coming to the Northwest, and the issues related to growth and opportunities will benefit NWCC as it adapts to the training needs that will arise, adds Dr. Henning. The open house was hosted in the spectacular Waap Galtsap Community House, the Terrace Campus longhouse from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. To support the overall Regional Workforce Table initiative, a specific webpage dedicated to the Regional Workforce Table initiative will be developed on the BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation website and will be linked to the BC Jobs Plan website. It will provide an overview of the RWT and host information specific to each Regional Workforce Table, including a Labour Market Resource Package, updates on Table progress, and an opportunity for stakeholders not able to attend the open house to provide input via an online survey tool.

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