MONTREAL, Feb. 2, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Le Réseau canadien des entreprises
d'entraînement - The Canadian Practice Firms Network announced this week that the
Government of Ontario has confirmed that they will no longer be funding
Practice Firms in Ontario.
This has come as a major blow to the RCEE-CPFN as Ontario's Practice
Firms represent almost 35% of Canada's Practice Firms and will result
in a significant drop in service and support for Canada's unemployed.
Ontario Practice Firms have been helping Ontarians get jobs for over 10
years. Even in a recession, success rates of Practice Firms remained
high; 85% of clients find employment within three months of completing
the program. In 8 to 12 weeks, job seekers find jobs quickly ,
contributing again to their local economies and meeting the skill needs
of employers. Practice Firms work with over 3,000 employers to help
them find the talent they need to remain competitive in today's labour
No other service in Ontario gives clients both the opportunity to
practice their skills in a business setting and to conduct a focused
job search. Job seekers gain global experience as the Practice Firms
operates within an economy made up of over 7,500 Practice Firms
worldwide. This network has increased by 2,000 firms in the last four
years, evidence of their success in helping people find employment.
The Practice Firm model supports a wide range of job seekers such as:
individuals receiving income support, persons with disabilities,
newcomers needing Canadian work experience, post secondary school
graduates having difficulty transitioning to paid employment and people
who have been out of the job market and need to refresh their skills.
Scott Mitchell, Chair of the RCEE-CPFN Board of Directors, said, "The decision of the Government of Ontario is regrettable and misguided.
The key to our economic recovery is getting people back to work.
Ontario Practice Firms have continually reported success rates up to
85% in getting job seekers back into the workforce!"
Dolorès Soucy, General Manager of the RCEE-CPFN agreed, and added, "Although the practice firm concept has grown worldwide by over 4,500
practice firms in the past fifteen years, the decision of the Province
of Ontario takes a turn in the opposite direction. The practice firm
concept has been supported in Canada for the past 15 years. Just last week, three new practice firm
projects were launched in the Quebec City area."
The RCEE-CPFN regards this as a wakeup call for Ontarians to voice their
opinions on how the government is handling the jobs crisis at a time
when the economy continues to struggle. Job seekers, who benefit from
the hands-on, real life work experience offered through the Practice
Firms, will no longer enjoy the benefits and competitive edge that the
"Practice Firm experience" offers them.
The RCEE-CPFN hopes that the Government of Ontario will reconsider its
decision and reinstate funding to Ontario Practice Firms.
SOURCE CANADIAN PRACTICE FIRMS NETWORK
For further information:
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