Government of Canada invests in Film Training Manitoba!

WINNIPEG – On January 23rd Film Training Manitoba (FTM) was pleased to host representatives from the Government of Canada as they announced their ongoing support of Film Training Manitoba (FTM) through the Career Focus Program. The announcement was made by Dr. Kellie Leitch, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

“Our government’s top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity and with the current skills and labour shortages, we need all of our talent at work, especially our young talent,” said Dr. Leitch. “This is why our government is investing in the national Youth Employment Strategy (YES) to help youth develop the skills and gain the experience they need to get jobs now and prepare for the workforce tomorrow.”

Film Training Manitoba received over $30,000 from the Career Focus Program to help recent graduates in Manitoba gain on-the-job experience and apply the skills acquired through education to ease the transition to work. FTM works closely with local labour organizations and the film production industry to determine where labour shortages exist and identify where training is a priority. As a result of the government’s investment in training, 75% of past program participants are currently pursuing a career in the industry.

“Thanks to this important federal government program, the Career Focus participants will gain valuable career experience and learn to apply their classroom skills in the workplace,” said Neila Benson, Executive Director, Film Training Manitoba.

The Career Focus Program is an important part of Film Training Manitoba’s overall training strategy. The program is well known to employers in the industry and has a high impact on the development of entry-level workers. Over the past four years, FTM has had an average of ten program participants per year who have completed a work experience placement.

Please visit our photo gallery for pictures from the event: http://www.filmtraining.mb.ca/gallery/outreach/press-conference-2013/

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For more information contact:
Dawn Bourbonnais| Communications Coordinator
Direct line: (204) 989-9663 | Email: dawn@filmtraining.mb.ca

Film Training Manitoba
100-62 Albert Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 1E9

www.filmtraining.mb.ca

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