WPRC - Update to the Community
April 11, 2018
Posted by: CPHR Manitoba
The Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council (WPRC) has embarked on an initiative called TRC92: Youth Employment, which incorporates three strategies:
- Build awareness among private-sector employers about Indigenous history and legacy in relation to Indigenous youth employment;
- Support workplace education about Indigenous history, and intercultural safety and anti- racism; and
- Facilitate new connections for work experience and employment by linking employers and youth from community-based training partners.
WPRC has formed partnerships with eight community training organizations and twelve private sector employers. The employers formed an Employer Consortium led by Dave Angus, former CEO of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and currently President of Johnston Group.
The Employer Consortium's focus has been on continued learning opportunities and connecting with the eight community training organizations.
Since September 2018, the WPRC staff has attended meetings with a variety of stakeholders (12 individual meetings), attended relevant conferences and workshops (including CPHR Manitoba's 2017 HR & Leadership Conference and two Executive Breakfast events), and participated in networks and consultations to share information related to TRC92: Youth Employment.
In January 2018, the employers and community trainers met face-to-face for the first time.
In March 2018, members of the Employer Consortium, who are mostly Human Resources (HR) leads, were joined by their CEOs and senior leaders for a session at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation with Kevin Lamoureux, National Education Lead at the NCTR.
In the coming months, WPRC will work with the Employer Consortium for continued learning, building relationships with community partners and youth and preparing to engage youth in their workplaces. This will include exploring resources for workplace education, and what ‘supported employment’ could look like.
In May 2018, six of the community partners will come together to host an event where employers will meet with youth in the training programs.
For the WPRC's full 2018 Update to the Community, click here