SARC

Supported Employment Transition Initiative (SETI):

SETI is a fund set aside annually by the Ministry of Economy to fund new and innovative supported employment projects from all areas of the province.  Each year a call for proposals goes out the first working day in January and has a quick turnaround so organizations get started by the first of April.  The funds are considered seed dollars so organizations are encouraged to seek out long term funding bodies.  For more information about the call for proposals or SETI funding or current projects please contact the SETI Coordinator, Joy McKinnon at 306 933 0616 or email jmckinnon@sarcan.sk.ca.

 

SETI funded projects for 2016-2017:

The 2016-2017 fiscal year has the following projects funded by SETI:

Returning Projects:

Eagles Nest Youth Ranch is entering their fourth year of Funding with SETI, the project works in conjunction with Wesmor School in Prince Albert, SK.  The project specifically works with youth still in school to help them find, obtain and maintain paid integrated employment before leaving school so they can transition into adult life a little more seamlessly.  The project uses a social enterprise model to help students strengthen and improve skills. While in the “Odd Job Squad”, all students are paid better than minimum wage.  Since the inaugural year all students graduating from the program are gainfully employed within the community.  No less than thirty-three individuals will be supported this fiscal year.

Creative Options Regina is also entering their fourth year of SETI funding.  The project works with Campus for All at the University of Regina to assist individuals experiencing a disability find obtain and maintain employment.  They also work within their own organization to help people wishing to find employment become successful job seekers. 

Canadian Mental Health Association, Regina is entering into their third year of funding.  This program uses “work crews” to help individuals living with mental illness establish themselves in the work force with the hope that they will transition to more stable employment in time.  All participants in the program are paid minimum wage or better in all temporary positions. 

Humboldt and District Community Services is entering into their third year of SETI funding, the main purpose of the project is to support individuals who have secured employment of their choice, maintain that employment.  The project also intends to work with at least ten new job seekers.

Radius Work Plus Program is entering into their second year of funding.  The program is a comprehensive plan to help job seekers gain the skills necessary to find employment.  Once they have become gainfully employed the program assists them in maintaining employment.  The project plans to work with thirty-two individuals this fiscal year; twenty-four of which are job seekers from the previous contract.

Crocus Cooperative has completed one year of SETI funding and is excited to progress to year two.  In the past year the project worked with over eighty individuals with mental illness.  This year the project plans to connect further with businesses to create innovative new employment opportunities for its participants.

New Projects:

Partners In Employment, Swift Current branch was successful in obtaining first year funding.  They plan to work with at least twenty-five youth, aged fourteen to twenty two years of age.  Studies show that individuals obtaining employment before leaving the education system are over eight percent more likely to attach to the labour force.  The youth will develop skills and work hardening while generating disposable income. 

Weyburn Wor-Kin Shop/Midale School was also successful in obtaining first year funding the purpose of the project is to provide twenty students employment support to help with skill development and job search and work hardening.  Research shows that early support improves successful transitions from school to the work force; that coupled with employer education on the benefits of hiring inclusively will help youth in the Midale area obtain and maintain integrated paid employment.

SETI Steering Committee

The Ministry of the Economy provides annual funding to SARC to administer the SETI Program.  Decisions related to funding approval and amounts are vested in the SETI Steering Committee.  The primary function of the SETI Steering Committee is to set funding priorities, make funding decisions based on those priorities, review progress of projects, and share information about employment-related initiatives from their respective areas of business.  The SETI Steering Committee consists of representatives from Government Ministries, SARC, Community Based Organizations and employers.