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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 10, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta million training-on-job plan Employers aH across Canada are taking part In the mil- lion Canada Manpower Train- tog-on-thfrJob Program. One of these is Prebuilt Industries Ltd., Lethbridge. A total of 30 persons will train as cabinet builders, plumbers, electricians, weld- ers, sheet metal workers and stock room clerks. Most of the training will be for a 16 week Assistance from CMC was key Brian Hill was a rider for a large feed lot company in Brooks and was looking for a better job. He found one. But there was a problem. The job was in iLethbridge. i The 27 year old Mr. Hill, who grew up in and MBarville, graduated with a B.Sc. In animal science from Washington State University in JS70. In the fall of that year he finally found employment in Brooks. About a year liter he was able to get a job as a cattle- buyer trainee with a Lclh- bridge packing plant. How were he and his wife to get to Lethbridge? "I went to the Canada Man- power Centre in Medicine Hat to see if they could help me with the move. I had heard about someone who had been helped that way and thought they might be able to assist roe too." The CMC was able to help the Hills. Three days after he made his application, it was approved and he was on his way. "Without the assistance, it would have been very difficult [or me to relocate to the new job opportunity. "It's a much better. Job. There is more room for ad- vancement and also it's a better utilization of training and skills. period. Prebuilt, manufacturers ot truck campers, trailers, mobUs homes and relocatable build- ings, win receive about under the program. The Canada Manpower Training on the Job Pro- gram is part of the federal gov- ernment's Special Employment Plan, It is expected to provide training for persons in Canada. The program is aimed at en- couraging employers to pre- pare for future expansion in the firm or industry by train- ing unemployed but employ- able workers in actual work situations. Training-on-the-Job is a complementary program to institutional and training-in- industry provided through1 tha regular Canada Maapow e r Training Program. The federal government re- imburses employers providing training either by a direct pay- ment amounting to 75 per cent oJ the wages paid to trainees or through a tax incentive which would provide equivalent benefits through the write-off wage costs at an appropriate .level. Under the program, training period must be be- tween three and 12 months. The teainlng must provide ex- perience In useful transferable skills having a continuing value. There is no specific age requirement for trainees nor is it necessary for them to have been attached to the labor mar- ket for any particular time. INLAND CENTRES The Department of Man- power and Immigration has some 80 Canada Immigration Centres at inland locations across Canada and at major ports of entry, including inter- national airports. "Immediate attention." Ross Held. Plant Manager at Canada Packers Ltd. "We have 176 em- ployees at our operation here in Lethbridge. And most of them were hired through the Canada Manpower Centre. When we contact the Canada Manpower Centre for people to work for our company, we get immediate attention. Vacancies are quickly filled with suit- able personnel who were evaluated by Canada Manpower Centre counsellors. Their co-operation and assistance is greatly appreciated. I am grate- ful for the efficient service provided by this tremendous organiza- 419 Seventh St., Lethbridge, Alta. Muta-d'onivn dllCMMKUl fcjnLwAutf DALE SMITH Ho dis- covered that helping can be beneficial to yourself. He helped himself and others Sometimes helping others can be beneficial to yourself. At least that's how Dale Smith, ol Lethbridge, feels now. Last spring two of his friends asked him to go to the Leth- bridge Canada Manpower Cen- tre to pick up application forms for summer jobs as manpower counsellors. After he got to lie CMC, Mr. Smith, 29, decided to fill out an application himself. And he got job. "I had been interested in a job like that but had thought I wouldn't really have much o[ a chance at getting he said. Mr. Smith, who this past year took the first year ot a pre education course at the University of Lethbridge, had been helped by the Lethbridge CMC earlier that year. The CMC placed the father of three In a four month university preparation course at the Lett- bridge Community College and paid him living allowances dur- ing the course. As a manpower counsellor at CMC for Students, Mr. Smith found his work experience to be of great value. He had worked as a machin- ist apprentice, had been cm- ployed by lumber companies in various capacities, including managerial roles, and had been a grain buyer and a truck driv- er. "Having looked after busi- nesses, I had some idea oC what employers were looking he said. "I really enjoyed the job. I got a lot of satisfaction out of being able to work with stu- dents." He said the job at the CMC for Students was also very en- lightening. "It really opened my eyes. You get a chance to see other people's problems in a job like that." Mr. Smith was one of four manpower counsellors at the Lethbridge CMC for Students last year. There were coun- sellors at Taber, Cardston, Fort Macleod as well. Some of the counsellors in the outlying points were funded by the provincial youth agency and others by local groups. One of the counsellors in Taber was paid by the federal depart- ment of manpower and immi- gration. The Lethbridge CMC has been involved in student sum- mer employment since 1965 when a Summer Employment for Students Committee was formed. The CMC is the central co ordinating agency of the committee which includes wide representation from the com- munity. ;