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GIAG and partners push digital skills

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By Nick Seebruch
GIAG and partners push digital skills
Pictured from left-to-right are Lisa Dingemans, Job Developer with GIAG, Mireille Lemire, Business Account Manager with RBC, Josée Levert, Business Account Manager with RBC, Jo-Ann Trottier, Executive Director of GIAG, Eric Bergeron, Executive Director of CREATE, Kris Howes, of CREATE, Dianne Nixon, Community Manager for the Eastern Townships with RBC, Mike Belliveau, Regional Vice President for Eastern Ontario with RBC and Alex de Wit, Job Developer with GIAG (Nick Seebruch/ Seaway News).

SOUTH GLENGARRY, Ontario – The Glengarry Inter-Agency Group (GIAG) has partnered with the Cornwall Regional Entrepreneurs Artists & Technologists Exchange (CREATE) and RBC to deliver a digital skills program in Cornwall and SD&G.

GIAG secured $30,000 in funding through the RBC Future Launch program which will cover the training for 30 participants in digital skills.

The digital skills curriculum will be delivered by CREATE through the Ontario Emerging Job Institute (OEJI). Skills that will be a focus of the course include web design, social media marketing, content writing, and Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

“This program is all about bridging the gap between academics to the workplace,” said Mike Belliveau, Regional Vice President for Eastern Ontario with RBC. “We are all going to be better for it. Canada will be better for it.”

A part of the program includes job placements with local employers through GIAG.

“We will be offering subsidies to companies for job placements,” said Alex de Wit, Job Developer with GIAG.

“We certainly see businesses that have needs for digital skills,” de Wit explained, pointing to sought after business skills like website creation and social media management.

Belliveau pointed to the need for these skills in the Cornwall region and said that such skills could help keep youth in the region.

Classes for the program will be taught out of GIAG’s Cornwall office, 950 Boundary Rd. and will start on Tuesday Nov. 12.

To learn more about the program or to sign up, call Alex de Wit at 613-525-1533 ext. 220.

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