By Judy Bird

Looking for work? Wondering what skills and education are required for a career? Check out the All Nations Job Expo and you will find answers.

“We’ve got about 50 different booths, everything from employers to service providers, in terms of Sask Polytechnic, Regina Trades and Skills, SIIT, as well as all the employers,” said John Hopkins, CEO of the Regina and District Chamber of Commerce, the organization that puts on the expo.

One of the challenges many job seekers face is not being hired due to lack of experience or training. The education institutions attending the expo will be able to help job seekers by providing information on training requirements for entry-level jobs. “(They) provide you with the entry level training so that some of these employers can hire people, so it works really well for getting the word out for educational institutions as well as the jobs that are available,” said Hopkins.

He noted that there will be just a few less employers attending this year compared to last year, due to the downturn in the economy resulting in some employers not hiring at the time. About 1,000 people attended the expo last year, and Hopkins anticipates a good turnout this year also.

Returning employers know that the expo provides the perfect environment to meet with prospective employees and to answer questions about different jobs and their requirements.

“As a contractor, we pick up jobs as we go, so we have a database of names and skill sets so that when we do go through hiring sprees, it’s easy to pick out names and go through it,” said Harley Camsell, General Manager of Points Athabasca Contracting.

“I think it’s a really good platform to ask questions. Never be scared to ask questions when you’re at a forum like that because that’s one of the reasons we’re there. I would tell people to ask as many questions as they can,” he added.

The City of Regina has taken part in the expo since 2012, and this year will have a booth with representatives attending from Human Resources, Transit and the city’s Aboriginal City Employees Group.

“We are trying to make sure that the City is known as an employer within the community, and that people know that we’re an inclusive employer,” said Debbie Brotheridge, human resource consultant, Diversity and Inclusion with the City of Regina.

The City of Regina booth will have copies of all current jobs available. “We talk to them about those jobs, about what the job is, what the requirements are to apply for the job and what the job pays. We tell them what they need to do and make sure they address all the requirements for the job,” said Brotherdige.

The All Nations Job Expo takes place in Regina at Conexus Arts Centre on Wednesday September 28 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

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