It’s a segment of Saskatchewan’s population the provincial government believes is under-utilized in the workforce, and now the province is providing funding to a program that helps connect those living with a disability with finding a job.
A total of $904,438 in funding is going to the Saskatchewan Abilities Council to use in its Partners in Employment program.
“Definitely under-represented in the workforce and we have made a concerted effort as government to find ways to engage more with disabilities in the workforce,” said Immigration, Jobs, Skills and Training Minister Jeremy Harrison.
The program helps prepare people for the world of work. Staff will assess clients to see what kind of skill-sets they have, then coach them on interview skills and resume writing.
Tanja Ignatiuk with the council’s Regina office said they also reach out to potential employers to see what kinds of vacancies and help they may require.
“It matters not to them whether it’s a person with a disability or not. They’re just looking for a qualified worker and we’re proud of the fact that we’re able to provide them that,” she said.
The program has benefited 21-year-old Michael Rudolph, who lives with a disability. He’s utilized some of the services the program has to offer, improving his fine motor skills and his social kills. He understands this kind of experience and education he’s gained have improved his resume, hoping that’ll translate into employment.
“It’s very important for me to find a job so that I can eventually live on my own and have money for groceries and whatever else I’ll need.”
The council helps more than 400 people living with disabilities in its Regina and Moose Jaw offices.