In­tern­ship pro­gram sup­ported

Pro­gram en­cour­ages stu­dents to stay on P.E.I. to work

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS -

With a mis­sion to sup­port en­tre­pre­neur­ial and com­mu­nity eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment within the Acadian and fran­co­phone com­mu­ni­ties in Prince Ed­ward Is­land, the Réseau de développe­ment économique et d’em­ploy­a­bil­ité (RDÉE Î.-P.-É. Inc.) con­tin­ues to play an im­por­tant role in grow­ing the Is­land econ­omy.

The fed­eral and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments en­cour­age stu­dents to stay and work on the Is­land af­ter grad­u­a­tion, and the RDÉE’s sum­mer stu­dent in­tern­ship pro­gram for bilin­gual and fran­co­phone stu­dents sup­ports that goal.

Robert Mor­ris­sey, MP for Eg­mont, on be­half of Navdeep Bains, min­is­ter of in­no­va­tion, sci­ence and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for ACOA, and Sonny Gal­lant, P.E.I. min­is­ter of work­force and ad­vanced learn­ing, have an­nounced sup­port for RDÉE Î.-P.-É. Inc. to de­liver its 2017 sum­mer em­ploy­ment pro­gram called Pro­gramme d’en­trepreneur­ship ré­gionale, com­mu­nau­taire, et économique (PERCÉ).

“The Gov­ern­ment of Canada con­tin­ues to in­vest in the fu­ture of young adults. I am pleased to an­nounce sup­port for PERCÉ, a pro­gram that of­fers ben­e­fits to pro­gram par­tic­i­pants, PEI busi­nesses, and the pro­vin­cial econ­omy. RDÉE of­fers a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to fran­co­phone and bilin­gual stu­dents and en­cour­ages them to be­gin their ca­reers on the Is­land,” Mor­ris­sey said in a news re­lease re­cently.

ACOA will pro­vide a non-re­payable con­tri­bu­tion of $97,950 through its Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram (BDP). The Gov­ern­ment of PEI will pro­vide ($47,000).

This sum­mer marks the 14th year of the PERCÉ pro­gram that is na­tion­ally rec­og­nized and was de­signed to re­tain young Is­lan­ders once they grad­u­ate from their field of study.

Thirty stu­dents have been ap­proved for the 2017 pro­gram, which in­cludes a week-long train­ing ses­sion on em­ploy­ment skills. The 12-week paid sum­mer in­tern­ship pro­gram pro­vides valu­able work ex­pe­ri­ence and of­fers the op­por­tu­nity to make busi­ness con­nec­tions for fu­ture em­ploy­ment.

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Bon­nie Gal­lant, left, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of RDÉE Prince Ed­ward Is­land, and Carol Richard, as­sis­tant co-or­di­na­tor of the PERCÉ in­tern­ship pro­gram, wel­comed the fed­eral and pro­vin­cial fund­ing an­nounce­ment for the pro­gram. RDÉE P.E.I. will co-or­di­nate up to 30 in­tern­ships for P.E.I. post-sec­ondary stu­dents this sum­mer.

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