Advanced Skills and Education Minister Joan Burke responded to St. John's North MHA Dale Kirby's concerns about the expected closure of the province's career employment centers.
(VOCM) August 05 - 2012:
The New Democrats are worried the province may be prepping to close career employment centres. The more than 90 offices across Newfoundland and Labrador provide things like labour market information, employment counselling, and job search placement skills. The province inherited the centres in 2009 from the feds. Dale Kirby says there's some uncertainty around the future of the offices with employees telling him they've been instructed to take all their outstanding vacations and use their overtime. Kirby says it would be a poor time for the centres to close considering we're hearing alot about a skilled labour shortage.< (He says unless there's some genuine redundency but that hasn't been demonstrated. Kirby says there's a high unemployment rate so there's lots of people in need of job matching and advice around keeping jobs.) The Minister of Advanced Education and Skills says the province is evaluating services offerred at the centres. Joan Burke says the goal is to find the best way to deliver the same services through either the EAS offices or the career development offices. Burke says the analysis is ongoing.