Fund­ing helps em­ploy stu­dents

Over $6.6 mil­lion to create nearly 3,000 sum­mer jobs

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Youth and stu­dents can take ad­van­tage of em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties through­out New­found­land and Labrador as the result of over $6.6 mil­lion pro­vided by the provin­cial gov­ern­ment for em­ploy­ment pro­grams. This fund­ing will ben­e­fit nearly 3,000 youth across the prov­ince, said Joan Burke, Min­is­ter of Ad­vanced Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills.

“Stu­dent em­ploy­ment is of­ten a young per­son’s first ex­po­sure to the labour mar­ket,” she said. “It is a great way to estab­lish pos­i­tive life­long work habits and ac­quire skills to un­der­stand the value of earn­ing a liv­ing. At a time of un­prece­dented de­vel­op­ment and ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­nity, our gov­ern­ment is en­sur­ing stu­dents and youth are help­ing to build on the growth al­ready oc­cur­ring.”

Em­ploy­ment pro­grams pro­vide jobs for youth and stu­dents that span a wide range of sec­tors such as tourism; cul­ture and her­itage; sports and re­cre­ation; en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity; health and med­i­cal; mar­ket­ing and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. As well as pro­vid­ing valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence and im­por­tant life skills, th­ese jobs are help­ing stu­dents with the costs of ed­u­ca­tion. A list of stu­dent and youth em­ploy­ment pro­grams is in­cluded in the at­tached back­grounder.

“For many, New­found­land and Labrador has al­ways been a pre­ferred place to live and work, and now im­prov­ing eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties are pro­vid­ing young peo­ple with the abil­ity to set­tle in our prov­ince and make a life here,” said Burke. “With the ex­pec­ta­tion that the prov­ince will see as many as 70,000 job open­ings in the next 10 years, this gov­ern­ment is di­rectly sup­port­ing stu­dent em­ploy­ment and is fo­cused on cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, pro­vid­ing skills train­ing, de­liv­er­ing af­ford­able and ac­ces­si­ble ed­u­ca­tion, and build­ing a pros­per­ous fu­ture for our young peo­ple.”

Em­ploy­ers re­ceiv­ing fund­ing to hire a stu­dent are re­quired to post the po­si­tion on Job­ For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion on spe­cific stu­dent and youth em­ploy­ment pro­grams and how to benef i t , v isit a Ca­reer Work Cen­tres, http://www.lmi­, or call the Labour Mar­ket and Ca­reer In­for­ma­tion Hot­line at 1-800563-6600.

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