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Alberta foodservice job program to be extended

August 25, 2015
By Bakers Journal

Edmonton – So far this year, 88 job seekers who face employment challenges have landed jobs thanks to an innovative program that has been extended to May 2016.

The Alberta Foodservice Labour Connections project is a big success in the province’s restaurant and foodservice industry, Restaurants Canada said in a news release.

Hakim McLaren, who has cerebral palsy and a hearing impairment, is one of the program’s many success stories. McLaren was hired by Dairy Queen franchisee Michael Liber, who customizes roles so that employees like Hakim can be successful. 

“The Alberta Foodservice Labour Connections pilot is an excellent example of how innovative thinking can help support vulnerable members of our community when they are looking for good and stable jobs,” said Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour Minister Lori Sigurdson in the release. “Our government is committed to ensuring all Albertans have access to a safe and fair workplace where they can prosper and succeed. We are encouraged to see this program extended into 2016 and support not only people as they find good jobs, but also help businesses meet their labour demands.”
“A high percentage of the participants are taking the life-changing step of landing their first job,” said Mark von Schellwitz, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Western Canada. “And, the program is helping restaurants deal with long-term labour shortage issues. But the real win here has been the wealth of success stories.” 

The Alberta Foodservice Labour Connections Pilot Project was launched in 2014, and is funded by the Ministry of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour in collaboration with Restaurants Canada. The program gives disadvantaged individuals the chance to build a rewarding career in a restaurant or foodservice business, by connecting Edmonton-area Restaurants Canada members with employment service agencies.

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