Equal Access programme
The STM receives an award
Montreal, 7 June 2006- The STM’s efforts with respect to equal access were rewarded last May 30, at the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) Annual Conference. The STM received its award in the Exceptional Performance or Outstanding Achievement category for its Equal Access to employment programme.
Marvin Rotrand, vice-president of the STM board of directors, and Serge Fortin, head of the STM staffing section, received the award on behalf of the corporation. « This formal recognition highlights the STM’s ongoing efforts to integrate women, aboriginals, visible and ethnic minorities in the company, » declared Mr. Rotrand during the ceremony.
The STM takes pride in receiving this award, one that will surely encourage those in charge of the programme to continue with their work in this area.
In light of its expertise and the results it has obtained these past years, the STM can now claim to play a leading role regarding equal opportunity. By January 1, 2006, STM ranks included 1 619 women and 836 persons from various cultural communities, representing 21% and 11% of the STM’s total workforce.
To obtain such results, the STM establishes partnership agreements with employment agencies and school boards, holds regular meetings with different cultural communities and organizations to promote its career possibilities, and also offers work-study internships.
In the past, the STM was the recipient of other awards in recognition for its hiring policies, including the Maurice-Pollack Award, received from the Québec department of Immigration and Cultural communities in 2004.
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