Provincial grants available to reduce worker turnover

Workforce Development Initiative offers funding up to $25,000

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Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s 2015-16 Workforce Development Initiative is still accepting grant applications from employers interested in reducing their worker turnover or improving the productivity of their food processing or primary agriculture operation.

“The retention grant provides a grant to cover 50 per cent of the costs of having a consultant develop a plan to reduce worker turnover, to a maximum of $25,000,” said Gerard Bos, a provincial workforce retention specialist. “The productivity improvement grant provides a grant to cover 80 per cent of the costs of having a consultant come in to do an assessment of your facility, to a maximum of $25,000.”

Kent Shafer of Botaneco — which processes oilseeds for personal care, food and feed products — said his company benefited greatly from the grant.

“We were able to do an assessment that showed automation was a key area in which to integrate our production line. We now have a defined road map to ensure the next step of the project’s success.”

For more info, go to agriculture.alberta.ca.

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