Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

The Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour has a mandate to ensure the province has highly educated graduates and skilled workers for a fast-growing economy. This includes creating a climate which is conducive to economic growth, competitiveness and prosperity. This will be achieved through a spectrum of programs, services, and supports.

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    • The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today announced the appointment of an alternate member to the Income and Employment Support Appeal Board. Michelle Wall has been appointed for a three-year term. A resident of Conception Bay South, Ms. Wall has considerable experience working with community centres in partnership with the Community Centre Alliance, where she is presently employed as a community employment facilitator. Her education is in office administration and occupational health and safety.
    • The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, today announced Gladys Pardy of Marystown, as the recipient of the 2019 Council of the Federation Literacy Award. The announcement comes just in advance of International Literacy Day on September 8, which celebrates literacy and skills development.
    • The Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today announced that the Provincial Government is establishing an Independent Minimum Wage Review Committee. The Committee will be made up of an independent chair and representatives from the business and labour community. The purpose of the committee will be to solicit targeted stakeholder input and report to the Minister of Advanced Education Skills and Labour with observations, findings and recommendations on the current adjustment process for setting the minimum wage and the wage rate.
    • The Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today announced funding for four new initiatives to help foreign-trained professionals, including newcomers to the province, get their credentials recognized and work locally in their fields. These initiatives were chosen following a fourth call for Expressions of Interest under the federal-provincial Foreign Qualification Recognition Agreement. The agreement is supported by $800,000 in federal funding.
    • The Provincial Government will open four rounds of Expressions of Interest for prospective immigrants around the world who wish to settle in the province and be engaged in the daily operation of a business they create, join, or take over. The International Entrepreneur category under the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program was a key commitment in The Way Forward on Immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador, one of several initiatives making it easier for more newcomers to establish businesses and create jobs in the province.
    • The Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today announced nearly $415,000 through the Labour Market Partnerships Program to extend two pilot employment programs for international students and graduates. This continues to fulfill commitments in The Way Forward on Immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador to provide international student placement and graduate internship opportunities.
    • The Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today announced more than $1.15 million for three research projects through the Newfoundland and Labrador Workforce Innovation Centre.
    • The Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister of Advanced Education, Skill and Labour is inviting employers to submit an application for the Digital Skills for Youth Program, which connects youth who are post-secondary graduates with training and employment related to digital skills.
    • The Provincial Government will open a fourth round of Expressions of Interest for prospective immigrants around the world who wish to settle in the province and be engaged in the daily operation of a business they create, join, or take over.