KPDSB pilots recruitment fair in Sioux Lookout
Tyllore Martelle - Staff Writer
Keewatin Patricia District School Board (KPDSB) orchestrated a new concept at Sioux Mountain Public School (SMPS) November 8. The recruitment fair was a brand new event initiated by the school board aimed at finding new applicants to get involved with the school board.
KPDSB superintendent of human resources Joan Kantola attended the event to help potential applicants get a head start in working their way through the KPDSB hiring process.
“We have made the decision based on the increased student enrollment across our system and growing demand for replacement and casual staff, that we needed to come to each individual community and hold a job recruitment fair. So each community has the opportunity to come out and learn how to apply for a casual or permanent position. We wanted to come out to the community to allow potential applicants to come into the school and meet us and talk directly to us,” Kantola explained.
Sioux Lookout was chosen as the pilot community because of its strategic location and close proximity to all the Northern communities. “We’re piloting this in the Sioux Lookout area right now and if it’s a success we’ll try to replicate it in our other communities.”
At the event, KPDSB human resources manager Jocelyn Bullock was available to assist potential applicants in navigating the online application process.
“She’s providing some online support for potential candidates or applicants that walk through the door and help them create their own individual account to look through any type of position available across our entire board,” Kantola added.
“Sioux Lookout is a community that we have growing enrollment and we wanted to be here so that we could meet potential applicants face to face because Sioux Lookout is our first targeted area. It’s a community where we seem to be having some challenges with the recruitment of new staff, but also have a high enrollment rate,” Kantola concluded.
She mentioned that with Sioux Lookout being where it is, there is the most potential for enrollment from Northern communities.