A unique partnership between government and industry will helppeople get the training they need to find good jobs, and will helpindustry narrow the skills gap. “This innovative program developed by government, industry andcommunity partners has provided people with the skills and supportthey need to become employed,” said Community Services MinisterDavid Morse. “We extend our congratulations to the programgraduates and wish them much success as they embark on their newcareers.” Mr. Morse attended a ceremony to mark the graduation of ninestudents from the Auto Parts and Inventory Control TrainingProgram, on Friday, Oct. 8, in Halifax. The 14-week program wasdeveloped in response to a skills shortage identified by theautomotive industry and was offered through the Community CareNetwork Society. Four of the graduates have already received joboffers. “Attitude is everything. Every night when I go to bed I know whenI wake up it’s a brand-new day, with brand-new opportunities –it’s exciting,” said Donna Marie Wenger, program graduate. “Ioften think how much I can’t wait to be in a position to give backto the people who have helped me, to give back to society.” The program, called One Journey Work and Learn, is part of theprovincial skills agenda, Skills Nova Scotia. It providesworkplace essential skills education in co-operation withpotential employers to respond to an identified industry need forskilled workers. “The program allows participants to adapt to differentcircumstances in today’s job market,” said Ralph McClair, projectmanager. “The success of this pilot project depends on ourpartnerships and on industry stepping up to hire our graduates.” Program partners included the departments of Community Servicesand Education, the Community Care Network Society, the AutomotiveHuman Resource Sector Council, Halifax Regional Development Agencyand other industry partners. For more information on the One Journey Work and Learn program,contact Employment Support Services, Department of CommunityServices at 902-424-1983; e-mail to [email protected] ; or contactthe Department of Education at 902-424-8955 or e-mail [email protected] .