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TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT

A. GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

The Department of Training and Employment Development's mission is to build a trained workforce with the necessary skills and job training aimed at ensuring New Brunswick has a 21st century labour force able to meet the new economy needs of an increasingly competitive world.

B. MANDATE/PROGRAM SYNOPSIS:

Apprenticeship Services

Advocacy Programs

Labour Services

Employment Development

Labour Market Development

Human Rights Commission

Workplace Health, Safety & Compensation Commission of New Brunswick

NB Community Colleges (operations, information technology, special operating agency, private occupational training)

School of Fisheries

Youth Futures

Employment component of employability assistance for persons with disabilities, training and employment, and rural experience

C. PROGRAMS, POLICIES OR INITIATIVES IDENTIFIED BY THE DEPARTMENT AS IMPACTING ON WELLNESS:

Human Rights Commission _ Mandated to forward the principles of equality found in the

Human Rights Act by promoting an understanding, acceptance and compliance of the Act; and to develop and conduct educational programs designed to eliminate discriminatory practices related to race, colour, religion, national origin, ancestry, place of origin, age, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation or sex.

Employment Standards _ Provides a degree of equity to the employee community through resolution and compliance with the requirements of the Employment Standards Act, and creation of a level playing field for the employer community through attempting to ensure full compliance by all, thereby eliminating unfair advantage of one over another.

Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission of New Brunswick (WHSCC) _
WHSCC is dedicated to the promotion of a safe and healthy work environment and the provision of services to workplaces, employers and the injured workers of New Brunswick. Its mandate is to create an environment in which workplaces view all accidents as being preventable, to provide insurance and related services to the employer community and to provide rehabilitation benefits, including compensation, medical, vocational and counselling services to injured workers. Services delivered on a regionalized and decentralized basis.

Two new WHCSS initiatives are:

Health and Safety in the Schools Project - an activity based health and safety curriculum from K-12 with projects focused on preparing young people to keep safe in the workplace.

Health and Safety Improvement System _ a model designed on the principles of leadership, whereby workplaces are expected to be in compliance with the NB health and safety legislation. Workplaces are challenged to accept a continuous improvement approach to health and safety (including management commitment, accountability, managing hazards and risks, educational opportunities, etc.).

Immigration, Multiculturalism and Advocacy _ Includes two programs. The Visible Abilities program assists people with disabilities in their pursuit of employment. Employment and income have a positive influence on the physical, emotional and social state of individuals, and contributes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The Office of the Workers' Advocate assists injured workers, their dependents or surviving spouses in respect of any claim being advanced for compensation before WHSCC. Services provided often affect the income status of workers and income is a determinant of health, both physical and mental. Assistance also can improve relief from a psychological point of view.

D. EMPLOYEE WELLNESS:

Department - Includes the corporate Employee And Family Assistance Program (EFAP), Joint Health and Safety Committee, Return-to-Work program, Workplace Harassment Awareness sessions, performance management sessions, reward and recognition, and workshops for employees accepting VERW.

New Brunswick Community Colleges _ In addition to a wide array of employee wellness activities, all NBCC facilities are wheelchair accessible, and are exploring ways to improve access for persons with disabilities. The varied course offerings aim to provide training that will lead to employment (a determinant of health), and some facilities, such as the College of Craft and Design, offer hobby-type courses that promote wellness by reducing stress, building self-confidence, learning with others, and being part of a positive learning environment.


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