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Retirees Needed To Fill Employment Gaps In NB

By Tara Clow Oct 17, 2022 | 8:53 AM

Nenad Stojkovic / CC

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Moncton wants to help address a shortage of workers in the province.

CEO John Wishart says they’ve launched the 50+ Retiree Employment Agency, “We think there is an opportunity to encourage some recent retirees who may want to work part-time, work seasonally, for shorter periods of time and get them back in the labour force to meet some of those needs.”

Under the program, two Employment Pairing Officers have been hired to match employers with retirees. The two-year pilot project aims to place at least 70 retirees in businesses throughout Southeast New Brunswick in the first year. The agency has targets of engaging 90 employers and 85 retirees in 2022-2023. to help close short-term skills and labour market gaps.

“Wishart says, “In Q2 of this year, April, May and June, we had 8300 jobs posted, just in the Southeast region. We just don’t have enough people to fill those.”

The project launched last week, and so far, the response has been very good, “Everyone we’ve talked to in the employer community has been very enthusiastic, and has said, please sign us up, and here are the skills that we’re looking for. I think probably the bigger challenge will be on the retiree side. We’ll need to find communities where retirees hang out and that could include, you know, retired teachers, Probus clubs, other service clubs, where retired people tend to congregate. We need to spread the word for those looking to supplement their retirement income and want to work 15 or 20 hours a week,” Wishart adds.

Both employers and employees can sign-up on the 50+Retiree Employment Agency website by visiting HERE.


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