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Vice President of Employment Development & Career Services
Roger Schindelka, B. Comm., M.A.
Roger began his employment in the institute in January, 1987 and was appointed as Vice-President of Planning and Development by the Board of Governors in August of 1991. Prior to coming to SIIT, Roger was self-employed as a research consultant and was a research associate at the Institute for Northern Studies at the University of Saskatchewan.
His education credentials include a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Arts (Geography) both from the University of Saskatchewan. Roger has been involved in the development of the institute in a variety of roles. He has been the executive responsible for development of many career diploma, certificate and applied certificate programs from concept design through to final development. Roger has also been responsible for internal and external research including needs assessments, employment follow-up studies, review of training purchases, resource allocation models, etc.
The Department of Employment Development and Career Services coordinates a province-wide network of employment, training, and child care agencies. This network has historically had annual client volumes in excess of 5,000 clients and supports over 1,100 child care spaces in reserve communities. The Saskatchewan Indian Training Assessment Group Inc. Is the corporate entity that administers this network through management agreements with each individual agency. Roger works with the Board of Directors of SITAG to ensure that business obligations are being implemented in line with Board policy, and the terms and conditions of funding agreements.
All staff within the department have ongoing working relationships with First Nations, Tribal Councils and urban agencies who, in turn, make important investments in clients. In 2010, SITAG will be entering into a new five year agreement under the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) of the Government of Canada.