When M.H. Enterprises saw that their short-course funding contract with the Alberta Government was coming up for renewal, they asked for more money to provide better services to the community.
Darcy Paarup-Bertram is an administrator with M.H. Enterprises.
"Alberta Labour is who we have the contract through," Paarup-Bertram explained. "Our contract was actually going to end at the end of this month so they were able to renew it for another year and they were able to give us more money for the clients for short course funding. So, any safety tickets, computer courses, basically anything under six weeks."
The money does not go to the individual though. Instead, it's given directly to the company offering the course.
"We're now able to offer each individual client up to $2,500 worth of short courses," said Bertram. "We do work with Campus Alberta [for] a lot of their computer courses and stuff like that that we have clients go into, they just direct bill us."
People who are interested in taking a course to improve their job prospects should check with M.H. Enterprises first. If eligible, M.H. can help with courses registration among other things.
"To access [the funds], they need to be either unemployed or underemployed and they come see us, and we can determine their eligibility. And, once they are deemed eligible for the program we can move forward and help them get those safety tickets. There's also up to $500 funding for employment readiness."
Funding for employment readiness includes helping individuals afford things like work clothes and new haircuts, to ensure their success at their new job.
Paarup-Bertram said that, while there are limits to the number of people M.H. is able to help, they don't have enough demand that they're turning people away.