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It's rumored that layoffs are coming in the near future at Research In Motion, with some estimates putting the number of employees to be let go in the thousands. While layoffs are painful for everyone involved, they are often a necessity as companies evolve, as Chris Umiastowski explained last week. Luckily, the people facing the job cuts will have some resources available to them to help assist in transitioning back into the workforce. Communitech is a not-for-profit organization that supports technology companies in the Waterloo Region, and last year when RIM went through a round of lay offs, they were an integral piece of getting a lot of those people back to work.
"Most of those people who landed other jobs stayed in this area and were hired at large tech companies such as Desire2Learn, OpenText and Com Dev International", said Karen Gallant, senior director of talent networks at the association, although mid-sized and smaller firms absorbed former RIM employees as well. Communitech received $100,000 in provincial funding last year specifically to support former RIM employees through its “TechVibe” recruitment events, online job-search programs, learning workshops, entrepreneurial boot camps and individual meetings. "People looking for work had skills ranging “across the board,” and included software developers, project managers, organizational development workers and human resources personnel", Gallant said.
Though Research In Motion hasn't specified the timing of the layoffs or how many people will be affected in the Waterloo region, Communitech is prepared to help anyone requiring assistance with job-placement when the time comes.