Nova Scotia government and co-operatives across the province announced a work program to potentially get hundreds of people off of social assistance yesterday.
Dubbed Target 100, the employment plan is designed to recruit and train people currently unemployed and get them working in co-ops over the next two to three years. The province will contribute $150,000 towards training and other supports.
Dianne Kelderman, CEO of the Nova Scotia Co-operative council, said local co-ops will have hundreds of vacant positions to fill in the coming years so it makes sense to partner with the department of community services.
After the first 100 people have found jobs, Premier Darrell Dexter said he looks forward to moving on to Target 200 and beyond.
“This is just a fabulous opportunity … to meet the needs of people who need essentially a hand up,” he said.
“This is going to give them an opportunity to not just get a job but to get a career, to get skills, and have a family-supporting job.”
Positions range from customer services to management and skilled trades. Salaries will start at $10.50 to $15.50 per hour. Jobs will also come with medical and dental benefits, pensions and co-op shares.