EDMONTON, Aug. 25, 2015 /CNW/ - The Alberta Foodservice Labour
Connections project is a big success in the province's restaurant and
foodservice industry. Over the past year, 88 job seekers who face
employment challenges have landed jobs thanks to this innovative
program, which has just been extended to May 2016.
Hakim McLaren, who has cerebral palsy and a hearing impairment, is one
of the program's many success stories. He 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," says
Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour Minister Lori Sigurdson. "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
"A high percentage of the participants are taking the life-changing step
of landing their first job," says 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.
Restaurants Canada is a growing community of 30,000 foodservice
businesses, including restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions and
suppliers. We connect our members from coast to coast, through
services, research and advocacy for a strong and vibrant restaurant
industry. Canada's restaurant industry directly employs 1.2 million
Canadians, is the number one source of first jobs, and serves 18
million customers every day.
SOURCE Restaurants Canada
For further information:
For more information or to arrange an interview with program participants:
Mark von Schellwitz
Vice President Western Canada, Restaurants Canada
1-866-300-7675 or firstname.lastname@example.org