Gesgapegiag Human Resource Development Commission


The Gesgapegiag Human Resource Development Commission’s mission is to provide employment & training services and programs to the First Nations members of Gesgapegiag, as well as support them in labour market integration. Currently, there are two (2) full-time employees that implement the services with specialized programs that are delivered from Service Canada, and its other partners.

GHRDC’s Agreement

The Gesgapegiag Human Resource Development Commission has a comprehensive action plan, and continues to be a client-based program that receives funding through the First Nations Human Resource Development Commission of Quebec, and other GHRDC partners. The GHRDC is responsible in helping identify and address the training & employability needs of its clientele by providing front-line services that respond to their individual and collective needs in accordance with three (3) major employability measures under its agreement.

A Measures

Support & Guidance – A Measures

A1 Labour Market Information

Information and services that will allow the client to integrate into the labour market, including a documentation centre, job bank, internet access, job postings, education and professional information.

A2 Professional Resources – Diagnostic Testing

Professional resources to help the clients develop professional integration strategies, such as individual counselling, access to guidance counsellors, information sessions, job search techniques, and other strategies.

A2 Professional Resources – Employment Counseling

Providing the client, within the context of an Action Plan, with the advice and support of a designated employment counsellor to assist the client in arriving at a suitable career choice.

A2 Professional Resources – Job Search Preparation Strategies

This intervention is to be utilized when a client is preparing to seek and attain employment and requires support from an employment counselor or a job-finding club. Activities within this intervention can include: resume and cover letter writing, labour market research, interview skills, etc.

A2 Professional Resources – Job Start Support

In order to seek and attain employment, clients may receive assistance to purchase work equipment, work clothing, bus tickets to look for work, etc.

A2 Professional Resources – Employer Referral

A client is referred to an employer to seek information on the company, the occupation of interest, and/or an employment opportunity within the company.

A2 Professional Resources – Referral to Agencies

An intervention that refers a client to a responsible agency or agencies, as part of the client’s Action Plan, to address one or more employment barriers (e.g. referral to social housing authority, drug treatment programs, a subsidized daycare centre, transportation for persons with disabilities, and household and personal budgeting programs).

B Measures

Training & Professional Development – B Measures

B1 Professional Training

Enable clients to acquire the professional skills required for employment through a program of study that will allow them to obtain a certificate from a provincially-recognized institute or school.

B1 Professional Training

Enable clients to acquire the professional skills required for employment through:

Occupational Skills Training – Apprenticeship

Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS): such as: carpentry, plumbing, etc.

Provide financial support for costs related to certification testing required by CCQ or other apprenticeship agencies.

Occupational Skills Training – Diploma

Diploma of College Studies (DCS) two (2) years

Diploma of College Studies (DCS) Technical training – three (3) years

Attestation de College Studies (ACS)

University certificate or diploma

B2 General Upgrading Training

Acquire the prerequisites for academic upgrading through an instructional program designed to enhance one or more Essential Skills to a level required by the specific job or occupation that the client is seeking.

Skills Development – Essential Skills & Literacy Program

Essential skills and literacy program (a program of instruction to provide training on one, several, or all nine (9) essential skills as required for the specific job or occupation).

Pre-employability measures, including basic skills.

B2 General Upgrading Training

Acquire the prerequisites for academic upgrading through an instructional program designed to enable the client to obtain high school credits or the academic qualifications required to pursue further post-secondary instruction or training.

B2 General Upgrading Training

Interventions related to formal skills instruction that may provide certificates of completion, tickets and/or licenses which may be professionally recognized Skills Development,

C Measures

C1 Job Creation Initiatives

Provide employers with incentives so that clients can integrate into the labour market and gain experience while receiving supervision from qualified staff.

C2 Self-Employment Assistance

Assist clients to become self-employed by starting up a private business in partnership with our Economic Development department, an intervention that provides direct financial assistance, business training or professional support to enable a client start their own business, or continue in a career of self-employment. The Micmac of Gesgapegiag Administration Directorate is involved in the management of all programs and services delivered by the Micmacs of Gesgapegiag Directorates, which include: Administration, Finance, Health, Social Services, Education, Fisheries, Forestry, Capital & Infrastructure and Public Security.

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