Workforce development update

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By Jodi Murphy

Attract and keep your people!

You are an expert in your operation. So how are you doing in attracting and retaining your people? Take advantage of a no-charge service offered by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development to review the people practices in your business. You will spend one day with an expert advisor to receive immediate coaching and ideas to build on your current people programs. You will also receive a confidential follow-up report outlining recommendations for your farming or processing business.

Contact Scott Dundas at 403-556-4245 or for more information on how to get started.

Workforce Development Program now accepting applications

The Workforce Development Program provides assistance to address specific workforce issues in agricultural production and agriprocessing sectors.

“Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) offers funding under this program,” says Al Dooley, agriculture labour recruitment specialist, ARD, Edmonton. “There are three components to the program – recruitment, retention and productivity. The program offers up to $25,000 to companies or producers to help them with these three activities.”

The retention component provides assistance to contract human resources expertise to identify and coach on retention strategies, retention improvements and supervisory training to reduce work turnover. The productivity component focuses on funding advisors to provide coaching on process improvements, automation, or productivity improvements combined with environmentally sustainable business management practices. The recruitment component helps with travel assistance when recruiting workers outside of Alberta.

Dooley says applying under the program is relatively simple. “We require a completed application form and a detailed project proposal. If it’s for the retention or productivity component of the grant, we’d also require the consultant’s report when it is complete.”

For more information on the Workforce Development Program, email or phone 780-422-0907.
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This information published to the web on December 3, 2013.
Last Reviewed/Revised on January 22, 2015.