Selby Launches Third Annual Manitoba Career Week

Oct 31, 2011 | Government News

Dozens of organizations that provide a range of career opportunities for Manitobans are being showcased during the third annual Manitoba Career Week, Advanced Education and Literacy Minister Erin Selby announced today. 

The Honourable Erin Selby

“Many organizations, institutions and programs have a stake in building a productive economy and supporting individuals by letting them do the work they love,” said Selby.  “This year, many parents, teachers, training organizations and social services are hosting a variety of career week events, showing their dedication to building strong career opportunities for Manitobans.” 

The week of events was launched at Winnipeg Technical College’s Henlow Bay campus and will run until Nov. 5. 

“Winnipeg Technical College serves students of all ages, including newcomers to Canada, Aboriginal and international, studying and training in a broad range of employment-focused programs,” said John Bobbette, president of Winnipeg Technical College.  “We represent a large spectrum of the population and work hard to provide a friendly and caring, student-centred academic environment that will ensure the new skills and experiences gained at Winnipeg Technical College will serve our graduates and Manitoba well.  We are pleased to host this year’s launch.” 

The minister noted seven government departments are working together to drive Manitoba’s Career Development Strategy.  The theme of Manitoba Career Week and Manitoba’s career development strategy is Your Future, Your Way!, reinforcing the message that citizens must manage their own careers by making informed decisions and working with organizations that support their chosen career path. 

“Industry knows that there is a strong business case for ensuring that individuals make informed choices in training, education and employment,” said Bev Stuart, director of the Alliance of Manitoba Sector Councils, a key contributor to the Career Development Strategy.  “To support this, we are hosting a parent forum on the last Saturday of Career Week to help parents, who are the first influencers in career decision-making, to understand the demands of the new economy.” 

The minister also noted Take Our Kids to Work Day, an annual tradition for Grade 9 students in Manitoba, takes place this year on Wednesday, Nov. 2.  Annually, about 14,000 Manitoba students learn about a range of career options by going to work with their parents, guardians or other family members to learn what they do every day. 

More information on career development and the calendar of Career Week events is available at www.manitoba.ca/careerdevelopment.

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