Job board of­fers work ex­pe­ri­ence pro­gram to youth

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

MH En­ter­prises em­ploy­ment ser­vices has pro­vided a gov­ern­ment work ex­pe­ri­ence pro­gram de­signed to en­gage youth with em­ploy­able skills.

The pro­gram is ex­pected to help ease the ac­cess to fund­ing with a wage sub­sidy and has min­i­mal pa­per­work in­volved to get started.

“The pro­gram does pay mileage driv­ing to and from work and there’s also about $300 per par­tic­i­pant for any cloth­ing or work re­lated sup­plies that they may need,” said Darci Paarup, ad­min­is­tra­tor at the M.H. Em­ploy­ment En­ter­prises of­fice.

Par­tic­i­pants must be 15 to 30 years old and are not cur­rently re­ceiv­ing Em­ploy­ment In­sur­ance (EI) as well as not at­tend­ing school full time.

“If they meet those crite- ria, it is a three month wage sub­sidy so the fed­eral gov­ern­ment cov­ers min­i­mum wage for about 12 weeks,” said Paarup.

The pro­gram off­sets the cost of train­ing for em­ploy­ers, mak­ing it ben­e­fi­cial to both par­ties.

Par­tic­i­pants learn spe­cific skill sets de­signed for each em­ployer through their work ex­pe­ri­ence as well as a weekly em­ploy­a­bil­ity class.

“With that, the em­ployer does have to pay the manda­tory em­ploy­ment re­lated costs so CPP and EI,” said Paarup.

If you or some­one you know is in­ter­ested in the pro­gram, book an ap­point­ment at the MH En­ter­prises Em­ploy­ment ser­vices, lo­cated on the fourth floor of the Telus Build­ing down­town.

The pro­gram is funded by the Gov­ern­ment of Canada’s skills link pro­gram.

Darci Paarup... MH Em­ploy­ment En­ter­prises ad­min­is­tra­tor

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