Year Two for CPISC Subsidy Program
The Canadian Printing Industry Sector Council (CPISC) is now accepting applications for the second year of its Career Focus Program, designed to provide printing-industry employers with a subsidy representing one third of a new employee’s total wage. The wage-subsidy program has a maximum limit of $12,750 per employee.
Submitted applications will be evaluated – on a first-come, first-serve basis – starting on April 1, 2010.
Employers must meet a set of criteria to qualify for the program, which includes parameters like guaranteeing a minimum four months of continuous employment for the new employee, who must also work for at least 30 hours per week.
“It is definitely a win-win situation for both the employer and employee. I think other companies should jump aboard if they are looking to hire,” stated Scott Milburn of Calgary-based Precision Label Ltd., in a press release. Precision Label is a Career Focus participant from the first round of the program, which was introduced in July 2009.
At the time of the program’s July 2009 introduction, CPISC received a $651,000 government grant to run Career Focus over three years.
CPISC also recently announced a May 7, 2010, date for its annual, one-day symposium, focusing on “opportunities and challenges facing Canada’s printing and graphic communications industries.” Taking place in Halifax, the event will include a keynote from Howie Fenton, a senior consultant with the NAPL.