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Chamber, UNBC, CNC team up to present webinar on connecting businesses with new talent

On April 22 the Prince George Chamber of Commerce will host the Today’s Challenges – Tomorrow’s Talent webinar which aims to highlight how Prince George businesses can succeed by using student talent to innovate, save costs, and increase capacity.

“Finding affordable labour and building a strong talent pipeline continues to be a major focus for businesses in Prince George,” said Todd Corrigall, chamber CEO. “For businesses, bringing in student talent makes sense – it’s a way for businesses to benefit from the energy, skills, and productivity that a student can bring while also investing in the employment skills for the future.”

In today’s COVID-impacted landscape, student talent can provide the short-term labour that businesses need to remain competitive while also contributing to a future skilled workforce.

In partnership with the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), College of New Caledonia (CNC), and Talent Forward the upcoming Today’s Challenges – Tomorrow’s Talent webinar will equip attendees with information about the various student talent programs being offered at local post-secondary schools such as co-op’s, apprenticeships, practicums, and projects. Attendees will also hear about how local Prince George businesses have benefited from using student talent. Participants will gain a clear understanding of how to recruit the right students for their organization as well as learn about funding incentives and subsidies offered for hiring student talent.

“At University of Northern British Columbia, we have worked with numerous employers to bring students into the workplace. Hiring a student benefits all involved – businesses are able to add short-term staffing capacity while students gain the skills and experience to be competitive within the labour market,” said Jennifer Cole, Co-operative Education Coordinator, University of Northern British Columbia.

This webinar is sponsored by the Talent Forward program, a partnership between the BC Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning BC/Yukon (ACE-WIL BC) which seeks to facilitate the process of connecting the best and brightest student talent to businesses across British Columbia.

“CNC graduates are key contributors to the economic and social progress of communities in north-central British Columbia,” said Dr. Chad Thompson, Vice-President: Academic, College of New Caledonia. “We value every opportunity to link employers with students, helping to maintain existing work integrated learning opportunities and build new partnerships to serve the region.”

This free webinar is open to all Prince George-based businesses and will be held on Thursday, April 22, 11:30 a.m. – 1 pm PST. Registration is required. To register, please click here.


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