Feds boost youth jobs for summer

Students in the Red Deer region can plan to see more summer job opportunities after Ottawa announced additional funding for the federal Youth Employment Strategy program

Students in the Red Deer region can plan to see more summer job opportunities after Ottawa announced additional funding for the federal Youth Employment Strategy program.

The Economic Action Plan 2012 will see $50 million go towards the Youth Employment Strategy over the next two years, announced Red Deer MP Earl Dreeshen on behalf of Diane Finley, federal minister for Human Resources and Skills Development.

Canada Summer Jobs is a part of YES and provides funding to non-profits, public-sector employers and small business to create summer job opportunities for students age 15 to 30 who intend to return to school full time in September.

“Through Canada Summer Jobs, we are helping employers in Central Alberta create 77 summer job opportunities for students,” said Dreeshen.

The YES program receives annual funding of $300 million and works to help youth, particularly those facing employment barriers, obtain career information, develop work skills and find jobs.

The funding will also focus on matching young Canadians with jobs in high demand.

With the doors to the Service Canada Centre for Youth (formerly known as Hire-a-Student) closed, enhancing YES is a priority for the government. It’s also key for long-term economic prosperity, said Dreeshen.

In Central Alberta, the jobs are primarily in the non-profit organization sector, noted Dreeshen, in workplaces such as museums, health services and libraries.

“They’re good quality, well-defined jobs which are great start-up opportunities as well,” he said.

“A lot of the students will come back to these employers.”

Eric Peppinck, president of the Students’ Association of Red Deer College, said he hopes that more money going into YES will mean students will be receiving more valuable work experience.

“The problem isn’t always in finding a job, but in finding a job that offers quality work with a decent wage that will work with students,” he said.

Hopefully, this additional funding means employers won’t just be bringing in students to do “filing work,” which has been an issue in the past, said Peppinck.

For more information about Canada Summer Jobs and other government employment initiatives, visit www.youth.gc.ca.

rfrancoeur@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Red Deer region’s unemployment drops in November

Provincially and Canada-wide November jobless rate increased

Events planned to mark sombre 30th anniversary of Polytechnique massacre

MONTREAL — Several events are planned across the country today to mark… Continue reading

Ford recalls big pickups; tailgates can open unexpectedly

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. is recalling nearly 262,000 heavy-duty pickup trucks… Continue reading

Economy lost 71,200 jobs in November, unemployment rate climbs to 5.9 per cent

OTTAWA — The Canadian economy posted its biggest monthly job loss since… Continue reading

Your community calendar

Tuesday The Central Alberta Council on Aging will hold its Christmas General… Continue reading

Sutter deserves continued support of the community

Re: Rebels owner, GM/head coach Brent Sutter responds to abuse allegations, Nov.… Continue reading

Canada women reach quarterfinals in Dubai while men head to consolation round

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Bianca Farella scored three tries Friday as… Continue reading

Mic’d up four-year-old hockey player near top of YouTube’s 2019 trending list

Celine Dion? Kim Kardashian-West? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau? They’ve got nothing on… Continue reading

‘Antigone’ explores personal toll of family duty with modern flourishes

TORONTO — Sophie Deraspe says she did not set out to make… Continue reading

National Film Board of Canada announces restructuring and layoffs

MONTREAL — The National Film Board of Canada has laid off five… Continue reading

‘Heart of darkness:’ Closing arguments in Calgary quadruple killing trial

CALGARY — Lawyers for a pair accused in a quadruple killing say… Continue reading

Milan Lucic scores first as a Flame, Calgary beats Buffalo

Flames 5 Sabres 3 CALGARY — Milan Lucic scored his first goal… Continue reading

Most Read