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UCN recognizes employers for contributions


University College of the North (UCN) this past Wednesday held their first ever Employers Recognition Luncheon in the UCN Cafeteria, just one part of a series of initiatives to engage employers from northern Manitoba.
Invited were a large number of local employers in The Pas and area as well as others from the north, from various school divisions to smaller businesses UCN sought to show their appreciation.
“This type of engagement, this type of connection is critical to the success of UCN and to the success of our students, but we are also this week in a Look North session in Flin Flon where we were talking to people on what are the challenges in northern Manitoba. The biggest challenge in northern Manitoba is the lack of skilled people that employers need to be able to hire, whether you’re a large industry like Canadian Kraft Paper or a significantly large employer like the Health Authority, the issues are the same; we need to have skilled people and more than anything where that class of skilled people is coming from is the local market,” spoke President and Vice-Chancellor of UCN Doug Lauvstad during the luncheon.
It’s also part of a wider initiative to engage UCN’s employer partners, and to give students additional opportunities with employers.
“The Employer Recognition Luncheons are part of a series of Industry Engagement Initiatives UCN launched as part of its Co-op and WIL programming for the 2017-2018 academic year. UCN wanted to proactively promote National Co-op and WIL Week by celebrating the contributions employer partners have made to supporting and providing work integrated experiences to UCN students. The recognition luncheons, planned months ago, have been well received by employer nominees and embraced by the UCN community as excellent opportunities to formally recognize the contributions of industry partners and give students the chance to network with prospective employers,” wrote Krystle Paskaruk, Cooperative Education Coordinator for Work-Integrated Education in UCN’s Department of Research and Innovation in an email to the Opasquia Times.
Looking back at how the lunch went, Paskaruk was very pleased and said she has received mostly positive feedback.
“The event in The Pas was a huge success and I’ve received nothing but positive remarks regarding the luncheon,” she said.
There are also going to be more industry engagement events coming from UCN in the future, such as the Industry Engagement Night which is set to take place at UCN on Tuesday, November 6, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Trevor Wright