Northwestel makes Canada’s Top Employers for Young People
Jan 11, 2017
Northwestel has been named among the 2017 winners of Canada`s Top Employers for Young People. The list of honourees are being highlighted this week in a special magazine published nationally in The Globe and Mail.
According to Northwestel President & CEO Paul Flaherty, the award is recognition of a renewed focus in the past few years towards hiring young workers locally and attracting top young tech workers to the North.
“We’re honoured to be recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People,” said Flaherty."Many of our young employees are folks who are seeking opportunity and adventure in their jobs but also their personal lives. Northwestel offers a great place to learn new skills and make a real difference in our Northern communities.”
Over 500 Northwestel employees call the North home, and the company has instituted several initiatives to attract young people, including summer jobs and coop opportunities, in-house training, mentoring and leadership training.
Canada’s Top 100 Employers Project editorial team chose winners based on several criteria, which ranged from programs and initiatives that attract and retain younger workers, to mentorship and training programs, to the average age of company employees.
“Making your organization a good place for young people to start their careers is about more than simply appearing trendy or hip,” said Kristina Leung, senior editor of Canada’s Top 100 Employers project at Mediacorp Canada Inc., which publishes the competition. “It shows all your employees and customers that you are open to change. Employers that understand their youngest workers have the most success in adapting their business models to respond to changing technologies and consumer preferences.”
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Northwestel Inc. services the largest operating area of any telecommunications company in the western hemisphere over the most remote and rugged terrain in Canada. It provides a complete range of voice, video and data solutions to residential and business customers in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon, northern British Columbia and High Level, Alberta.