Alberta Works is working with Tim Hortons to connect people with employment opportunities through a job fair to be held Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Holly Day, service delivery manager for Alberta Works in Lloydminster, said that the initiative is a region-wide effort to help both employer and employee.
“It’s four regions within our department, Alberta Works, that are working with Tim Hortons on doing this one-day hiring fair,” said Day.
The hiring day will be held in Alberta Works offices in Lloyd- minster, Vermilion and Wain- wright.
“Job seekers can come, and they can be interviewed by Tim Hortons in our office and hopefully get a job out of that.”
The office in Lloydminster is located in the Alberta Provincial building, 5124-50 St., and anyone interested in participating in the fair should head up to the second floor, where Tim Hortons staff will be available for immediate on-site interviews.
“The whole province has been involved in some form. And what the south did is they actually did a week-long hiring fair with a number of restaurants,” said Day. “And the north part, we decided just to do a one-day with Tim Hortons.”
Inspired by the southern region’s week-long fair, Day says that this particular hiring day has been in the works by the province for three or four months.
“It’s certainly to help with the difficulty in hiring for people. And so that’s why we’re working with these businesses.”
As for the job situation around the area, Day says that it is difficult for people to hire new hands.
“In speaking with some of the Tim Hortons throughout the area, often what happens is they get people in, get them trained and then they move on to other positions,” said Day. “So in some Tim Hortons, it’s really a rotating kind of thing. So it seems like some Tim Hortons never have enough employees, because there are always people leaving.”
Day says that Tim Hortons isn’t the only business welcome to approach Alberta Works for employer connections.
“This is not a new concept for us,” said Day, “and we’re always thrilled to, of course, work with businesses.”
For now, however, Day hopes that Alberta Works will be able to help Tim Hortons fill the positions that it needs, and that the two foster an ongoing relationship. In the future, Day hopes that Tim Hortons will notify them when new positions need to be filled.
“We’re also hoping that Albertans that come to our office, that we can connect them with employment as well,” said Day. “That’s our role in Alberta works is connecting Albertans with the labour force and with employment. And so Tim Hortons is one of those that we do it with.”
Alberta Works is an employment-focused organization, with public use resources, including computers, a printer for resumes and a job board. Career and employment counsellors are also onsite for helping people craft a stellar resume. Employers are also welcome to post their openings on the board as well. The office also provides funds for low-income families and individuals.
“We do encourage anybody that can work to go to work,” she added. “Especially because there are so many jobs.”