The program funding has created business success in the three delivery regions. Thanks to the hard work of our member agencies, 81 youth have taken part in job placements with more than 60 companies that have been increasingly challenged in meeting their workforce needs. These organizations have also been offered training and support by NBMC and our members, to ensure they have the skills to recruit, retain, and promote immigrant and multicultural employees to meet these needs.
The Skills Launch program empowers and supports participants to develop their networks, increase community involvement, and provides hard skills and experience that prepares them for the current and future labour market.
Participants become more connected with the community throughout volunteering and networking opportunities. Their sense of belonging and a hope that they can contribute to our society and be successful with their pathways has been increased.
The Skills Launch program is demonstrating that strategic investment in supports, tools and training about the labour market for newcomer youth has a tremendous return for both the federal and provincial government in terms of empowering their labour force participation and self-sufficiency. Needs and opportunities that are available in our province is paid back by the strong commitment, high work ethics and enthusiasm of the young newcomers to give it all for a business or a community organization, so that they become an integral part of the community. This process is also showing high success rates of retention for the participants and their close families.