Medicine Hat, Alberta (November 17th, 2020): With the first highly successful Drive-Thru Recruitment Event wrapped up, the YMCA Employment Centre and partners are gearing up for round two on November 25, 2020. Last month, the partnership group consisting of the YMCA Employment Centre, Medicine Hat College, and Government of Alberta (Community & Social Services and Labour & Immigration) worked together to host a drive-thru job fair for Borea Construction, who was looking to hire approximately 100 employees for three renewable energy projects in southeastern Alberta. 

“The first event surpassed our expectations and was a resounding success” says Jodie Engbert, YMCA Employment Centre Manager. “With the support of our team and partners, Borea Construction was able to conduct 220 one-on-one interviews with jobseekers at the event, and will be advancing approximately 75 of those jobseekers into the next phase of their recruitment process over the coming weeks, with the potential for more as the project nears its start date”. 
COVID-19 has created some challenges for businesses looking to recruit employees. With strict safe-gathering protocols in place, it can be difficult to meet with jobseekers in person, while maintaining the social distancing and sanitization processes needed. “After listening to employers sharing these challenges with all of our agencies, we got together and formed a partnership to address this need” says Engbert. The partnership group hopes that by offering an alternative to the traditional job fair, employers and jobseekers within the region can safely connect, with the ultimate goal of helping Albertans find employment.

The next event will take place on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. This is a multiple employer job fair consisting of 5 employers who will be set up at the Cypress Centre Pavilion (2055 21 Ave SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1B 1A5). Job Seekers are asked to enter through Gate 1

9:00am-11:00am YMCA of Medicine Hat and CBI Health
12:00pm-2:00pm Government of Alberta Corrections and Servus Credit Union
3:00pm-5:00pm Government of Alberta Correctional Services Division and Tim Hortons 
 
Our Featured employers will only be present during their selected time slot so please plan accordingly.  This is a COVID-19 friendly event. All health precautions will be taken and job seekers are encouraged to bring a mask and a copy of their resume . For more information please visit https://medicinehatymca.ca/Careers/Drive-Thru-Job-Fair
 
YMCA Employment Centre provides a wide range of support, services and programs to the citizens of Medicine Hat who are seeking to improve their employment status – including identifying job opportunities, enhancing employability and life skills, and gaining experience and confidence through placement programs. To learn how we can help you, visit https://medicinehatymca.ca/Locations/Medicine-Hat/YMCA-Employment-Centre
Media Contact:
Jodie Engbert
Employment Centre Manager
YMCA Employment Centre
(403) 529-4733
Jodie.engbert@medicinehatymca.ca