Former employees of Research In Motion who were laid off during the BlackBerry-maker’s sweeping cutbacks this year are getting a hand from the City of Waterloo.

This week a jobs centre opened at City Hall designed to help the newly unemployed workers find positions at other local technology firms.

It’s part of a partnership between the Ontario and municipal governments as well as other local groups, including Communitech.

Together, they’re hoping to help funnel an estimated 3,000 laid off workers in the region into new jobs at other companies.

Iain Klugman, the chief executive of Communitech, says the former RIM employees all have very specific skill sets, ranging from developers and quality assurance representatives, to sales and marketing people.

And he’s confident there are many other opportunities for those job seekers at the more than 1,000 other technology companies in the region.