“The training really applied to what we do at work, I wish we could have more!” Gina McLeod from Winsloe was able to return to her seasonal job at Brookfield Gardens 5 weeks earlier than expected by participating in the PEI Seasonal Worker Skills Initiative.
Nearly 100 seasonal workers have been supported to date. Funding for the program is provided by the Federal Government through the Adult Literacy, Learning and Essential Skills Program.
“Our government recognizes the concerns of seasonal workers and the real challenges some face in the offseason due to loss of income. That’s why we committed $1.1 million to provide training and income support to seasonal workers. This first installment of a multi-year commitment ensures workers in PEI’s seasonal industries have access to the resources and supports they need when they need them most.” – Sean Casey, MP for Charlottetown
The program is administered by Skills PEI and Workplace Learning PEI coordinates the essential skills training component. “We are pleased to continue support for the PEI Seasonal Worker Skills Initiative as we understand the gap in the EI benefit period is difficult for many families. We acknowledge this is a short term solution that will provide immediate income support for Islanders as we continue to work with the federal government to develop a long-term solution.” – Workforce and Advance Learning Minister Sonny Gallant
“We have had seasonal employees and employers participating from all areas of PEI. “ said Lori Johnston, Executive Director of Workplace Learning PEI, “We have delivered workshops to employees from watershed groups, municipalities, restaurants, service clubs, vegetable growers, marinas, tourist attractions and seasonal accommodations.We have used training spaces at Holland College, Rural Action Centres, the River House Inn and at our own location in Royalty Centre in Charlottetown.”
“In most cases employees attend 3 workshops”, said Johnston “employees learn how they use Essential Skills in their job, how workplace documents are used and ways to improve communication skills”.
“We had three employees participate in the program”, said Gerald Dykerman of Brookfield Gardens. “This helped us to have the security and the consistency of returning employees, as they are already trained and know the work.”
Seasonal workers who experience a gap between the end of their EI claim and the start of their seasonal job are eligible to apply for the program. WLPEI provides support for the intake of workers and Skills PEI works out logistics with the employer to help the worker return to work early or address the gap.
If you are a seasonal worker who will experience a gap between the end of your EI claim and the start of your seasonal work – please call 902 368 6280 for more information on the PEI Seasonal Worker Skills Initiative.