Mar 8, 2016
Posted in: Uncategorized
By Tammy Cummins
Research shows that participation in career fairs enables employers and educational institutions to develop strong brand awareness among job seekers, students, and even other employers and institutions. On February 10, 2016, Kerri McKay and I represented Gabriel Dumont Institute Training and Employment (Prince Albert Centre) at the annual Saskatchewan Polytechnic Career Fair. Over 50 companies from diverse industries, including forestry, mining, health, and trades, participated at the career fair.
The Gabriel Dumont Institute booth was extremely busy with current clients, past clients, and soon-to-be clients asking about program services and funding to attend post-secondary education. There were a few individuals who stopped by to say that Gabriel Dumont Institute Training and Employment was instrumental in helping them to achieve their educational, training, or career goals. They included a past client and graduate of Saskatchewan Polytechnic, who is currently employed at the Aboriginal Activity Centre assisting Aboriginal students to reach their goals.
Another Gabriel Dumont Institute Training and Employment client thanked the Institute for funding and career counselling, and pointed to a picture of her that was on one of the displays. She posed for photos beside the display, and was quite proud to see that she is a role model for other students.
A Saskatchewan Polytechnic representative stated that his son received a lot of assistance from Gabriel Dumont Institute Training and Employment. The son is a past client in the Institute’s Wage Subsidy Program, and a graduate of the Heavy Equipment Truck and Transport Mechanic, offered in partnership between Gabriel Dumont Institute Training and Employment and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways. His picture was on the Ministry of Highways brochures (the booth next to us). The father beamed with pride on seeing his son’s image on the brochures as he scooped up a few to take home.
The wonderful thing about attending career fairs is not only providing information and having the opportunity to assist clients with achieving their education and career goals, but to also meet with past clients and celebrate their achievements. Career fairs also provide us with an opportunity to meet with potential clients who do not know about Gabriel Dumont Institute and the services we provide; and it is a good way to meet and network with other employers and service providers.
These are only a few of the success stories that show that Gabriel Dumont Institute Training and Employment programs are making a difference, and that with ‘Pride, Perseverance and Possibilities,’ nothing is unattainable. Gabriel Dumont Institute Training and Employment participates in many Career Fairs throughout the year and we look forward to meeting with community members, potential employers, as well as past, present, and future clients during the 2016-2017 season.