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Local collaboration connects Albertans to work amid COVID-19
October 13, 2020
Medicine Hat College (MHC) is excited to partner with Alberta Labour, Alberta Supports – Employment Hub, and YMCA Employment Centre (project lead) to deliver numerous drive-thru job fairs over the coming year.
As a result of recent times, the participating agencies have heard from a variety of employers looking for assistance with their recruitment initiatives, and with indoor gatherings currently limited to a maximum of 50 people, the college was unable to host their annual Career Expo, which typically takes place in October.
The drive-thru style events will connect employers and jobseekers in a new and innovative way, while adhering to safe gathering guidelines and protocols provided by public health and governmental authorities.
The YMCA Employment Centre is leading the initiative, with Borea Construction being featured in the first drive-thru event on October 18 and 19.
“Borea Construction is seeking approximately 100 labourers for a few solar projects located in Tilley, Jenner, and Hays”, says Jodie Engbert, YMCA Employment Centre Manager. “Bringing these four agencies together for this initiative will have a much broader reach in facilitating the connection between Borea and jobseekers in our region”.
Shelly Drefs from Medicine Hat College’s Student Employment & Career Centre agrees.
“COVID-19 has forced so many businesses and organizations to think outside the box in how they can safely operate. For us, collaborating within this partnership will strengthen our ability to serve our community, students, and alumni,” says Drefs.
Engbert adds that they hope these events will also have a positive impact on COVID-19 economic recovery and support employers in moving forward.
As with a typical in-person career fair, attendees can expect to learn more about the featured companies, their job opportunities, and their hiring process.
Jobseekers should come ready with their resume and mask, as on-the-spot interviews will also be held during the event.
To align with safety guidelines, attendees are required to wear a mask while interacting with employers and volunteers at the event. In addition to mandatory masks, other preventative measures will be in place regarding sanitization, social distancing, and guided driver movement to ensure a safe experience for all participants.
The first event will be held at the old Nissan dealership on Gershaw Drive (across from the airport) and is open to all who are interested. No registration is required.
For more information on upcoming drive-thru job fairs, please contact the YMCA Employment Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow the Medicine Hat Jobs Facebook page, or visit www.mhc.ab.ca/Services/CareerCentre.