RBC Foundation Supports Greater Halifax Partnership Initiative to Help Businesses Looking to Hire

The Greater Halifax Partnership’s idea to connect local businesses with new talent through speed-interviewing has been fast tracked thanks to $50,000 in funding from RBC Foundation.

By the Greater Halifax Partnership

Recent results from the Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS) predict a need for an additional 74,700 workers in Nova Scotia from 2011-2016. This speed-interview initiative will expose small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to a large number of applicants at one time maximizing their chance of hiring qualified candidates.

“We are proud RBC is joining us on this project. As Canada’s leading financial institution for small business, they know the needs of this sector,” said Fred Morley, Executive Vice President and Chief Economist at the Partnership. “Since the demand for skilled workers continues among small and medium size enterprises, connecting them with Halifax’s talented professionals is essential to supporting business and economic growth in our community.”

Delivered as part of the Partnership’s Connector Program, the initiative will consist of four speed-interviewing sessions taking place over the next nine months. Through these sessions local businesses in several sectors – including life sciences; high-end manufacturing aerospace and defence; ICT, gaming and interactive media; and financial services – will have access to skilled and prequalified immigrants and international students looking to build a career in Halifax.

“Small to medium size enterprises are critical to our economy – they represent 97% of all businesses in the province and they employ 29% of our workforce,” said Kim Mason, Regional President, RBC, Atlantic Provinces. “We are pleased to be working with the Partnership to support the growth of this important sector, and couldn’t think of a better time to do it than as we wrap up Small Business Month.”

The first RBC supported speed interviewing session will be held late fall 2012.