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#HireTogetherYQL: New campaign promotes local workforce discussion

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A new campaign is being launched next week to promote discussion around the local workforce.

#HireTogetherYQL is a collaboration between Lethbridge College and the University of Lethbridge along with the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Lethbridge.

The aim is to open discussion between employers and employees as well as embracing the community brand, Lethbridge Brighter Together.

“Workforce is one of the areas we always talk about as an advantage for our area,” says Trevor Lewington, CEO, Economic Development Lethbridge. “When compared with other areas, Lethbridge has one the most youthful workforces in the country.”

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Results of a recent survey found that many local businesses feel workforce availability and qualification is a potential barrier to future growth. With help from the University and the College, this campaign will push open the dialogue to uncover what specific skills are required by local employers and provide opportunities for job seekers in the area to identify how they can help.

The campaign officially kicks off on Monday and will be asking businesses looking for workers to share posts and pictures on social media using the hashtag: HireTogetherYQL.

Prizes are being offered to both job seekers and employers. A $500 value to those job seekers will be offered and employers will be provided with up to $1,000 of complimentary training for their employees.

The contest ends April 30th.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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