Local residents looking for assistance in seeking employment have a solid means of help here in Stettler.
MH Enterprises is a non-profit organization that offers government-funded services and programs to help in a job search.
One-on-One Employment Services, for example, is a government-funded program which provides comprehensive and individualized services to assist both job seekers and employers in rural communities, notes a release.
“We help job seekers gain the skills and knowledge to seamlessly transition back into the labour market via meaningful connections to local area employers.”
Other services run the gamut from services for job seekers, insight and education about current labour market trends to career counselling to funded training courses and direct job placement services.
“MH Enterprises is out of Drumheller, and this is a branch office,” said Roe Desrosiers, career management consultant.
Looking back, Desrosiers also worked as a teacher and principal here in Stettler for several years as well.
“We first started floating a satellite program about three years ago,” he said.
“In the interim, we have established ourselves as a place for job seekers and also employers who are looking to match up the skills of one with the needs of the other,” he explained. “We are under government contract, and we have both federal and provincial programs. So the great part is that there is no cost to the individual,” he said.
“Part of our basic mandate is to help people look at what barriers they might be finding to their employment search and trying to triage, if you will, or to link them up to either our programs or existing community resources to try and overcome some of those hurdles. From there, we can work to helping them find employment,” he said.
The Stettler office is located at 5005 – 47th St. – the same building that houses the Stettler Information and Referral Centre and the Association of Communities Against Abuse.
For Desrosiers, his current post offers plenty of fulfillment.
“What I really appreciate is that one has the opportunity to effectively help people,” he said. “To empower them, and to build relationships with them so that they have a sense of support. We also want them to realize they aren’t alone,” he said.
“We also basically work as advocates for our clients. It is wonderful when you can actually be a little part of someone’s journey forward – when they are taking stock of where they are at,” he said.
He also noted that it’s helpful for clients to have a second perspective on what can at times be an overwhelming experience.
“We have the opportunity to simply do our best to help to give them as many supports and resources as we can possibly access on their behalf to help them move forward,” he said.
“It’s a real privilege to work for and with colleagues that have a sense of ethics, humanity and respect for the individuals in the office and those we try to serve,” he added.
For more information, contact Roe Desrosiers at 403-740-9707 or visit www.drumhellerjobs.com.