Chamber, society launch wage subsidy program

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Kathy Hambly

 

The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce has announced a new wage subsidy program for employers offered in partnership with the Neil Squire Society.

The Working Together Program connects job seekers with disabilities to employers by providing a wage subsidy for a minimum of six months. The goal is to help organizations create a more diverse and inclusive working environment.

Participant employers are required to “provide an individual with a disability a part-time or full-time employment opportunity with the likelihood of long-term employment and to maintain contact with the Neil Squire Society staff and provide feedback to assist in the individual’s professional development,” says a news release.

The stated advantages to employers are: (1) eliminate the hiring and training cost of a new employee; (2) experience a reduced turnover rate when hiring someone with a disability; (3) learn the value of hiring an individual with a disability; (4) encourage a more diverse and inclusive working environment; and (5) an opportunity to learn a positive business case.

Chamber executive director Kathy Hambly says the society has a long history of doing great work in communities across the country and their employment programs are a natural fit for the chamber.

“As an interested stakeholder we are always looking for opportunities that benefit our members, but also the community as well.”

Chambers across the country have entered into similar partnerships with the Neil Squire Society.

“I’m delighted that the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce has agreed to become one of our partners in helping us to connect to the business community,” says Gary Birch, executive director of the Neil Squire Society.

“Their partnership will be instrumental in helping us build stronger relationships with employers across the Island.”

More details on the Working Together Program can be found here: http://www.neilsquire.ca/business-programs-services/workingtogether/

Organizations: Neil Squire Society, Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce

Geographic location: Iceland

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