Student and seasonal employee job fair a success


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

The fourth annual Journée emplois étudiante et saisonniers drew 471 visitors, mostly between the ages of 14 and 19, who took advantage of 476 job opportunities that were offered by 29 private businesses, municipalities and community organizations located throughout the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region.

The fourth annual Journée emplois étudiante et saisonniers that was held at the Centre Communautaire Paul-Émile-Lépine in Île-Perrot last Wednesday, February 22, was deemed a resounding success.

The event drew 471 visitors, mostly between the ages of 14 and 19, who took advantage of 476 job opportunities that were offered by 29 private businesses, municipalities and community organizations located throughout the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region, said Véronique Déry of Synergie Entreprises-Emplois Vaudreuil-Soulanges who helped to coordinate the event.

While the average number of people attending the job fair has remained consistent averaging about 500 visitors since it was first launched three years ago, Déry said the number of participants offering jobs has more than doubled from 14 in 2014 to 29 that attended this year’s job fair. “This event has been growing each year,” said Déry.

“The feeling we had about this year’s event is that people really enjoyed their visit. We received many positive comments especially about the diversity of employers that were present,” Déry added. According to statistics that were collected this year, 96.5 per cent of visitors said they were very satisfied.

Emploi-Québec Montérégie representative Michel Charlebois said he was pleased with the growing the stature of the job fair and the increasing participation rate by employers in Vaudreuil-Soulanges. “Employers are very happy because they can recruit candidates to fill a lot of empty posts and the students who participate are also happy because they have a lot of options to choose from.”

The Town of Pincourt, along with the municipalities of Île-Perrot, Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot and Vaudreuil-Dorion, were looking for suitable candidates for fill vacant summer positions. Pincourt Town Manager Michel Perrier said the town has been involved in the annual job fair since it began and finds it to be an excellent venue to recruit potential employees.

“As Town Manager, I’m also responsible for the human resources sector. Today is a good day for us to be here because it’s a great opportunity for us to recruit people for the summer. We having openings in different fields such as in recreation but we also have different needs in terms of temporary replacement workers in public works and at city hall,” Perrier told Your Local Journal.

“We’ve been participating in this event since its inception. It’s proven to be very effective for us so that’s why we’re here. It gives us the chance to meet many people in different fields and there always are some very interesting candidates. It’s a great initiative and we’re very happy to participate,” Perrier added.

The fourth annual Journée emplois étudiante et saisonniers was made possible through the financial participation of Emploi-Québec Montérégie and the involvement of several partners – le Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Vaudreuil-Soulanges, le Centre local de développement Vaudreuil-Soulanges, le Collège de Valleyfield, la Commission scolaire des Trois-Lacs, Réseaux Emploi Entrepreneurship and Trudeau-Dupré Ressources humaines.

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