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March 29, 2005
For immediate release

Jobs For Youth Program to Better Reflect Needs of Island Post Secondary Students

Development and Technology

Changes will be introduced to the provincial Jobs for Youth program to provide students with a more meaningful on- the-job experience. The pilot project, which will be introduced this spring, will focus on post secondary students. The Jobs for Youth program will be maintained as before for high school age students. Students in the program will be placed in summer jobs that relate to their field of study.

The Jobs for Youth program is administered by the provincial Employment Development Agency. Each year, the program works with the public, private and non-profit sectors to provide summer employment to about 350 Island students.

The new program will be available to students who have been accepted into a post secondary program for the fall of 2005 or to students who are currently enrolled in a post secondary institution.

“We are aware that one of our greatest challenges is keeping our young people here in the province,” said Development and Technology Minister Mike Currie. “By offering them meaningful job experiences for the summer, we hope we can show them that there are a lot of great opportunities, right here at home.”

The new program will target 100 post-secondary students and will offer 8 - 12 weeks of career-related employment. Staff will work with the students to determine their employment needs and career path.

“Many students are looking for summer work which will give them experience in their chosen field,” said Minister Currie. “This province has a great deal to offer in fields such as information technology and aerospace, and students should be exposed to those possibilities.”

The new program will use funds which are in the existing Jobs for Youth budget.

Students who are interested in the program should be registered with the Central Jobs Registry. Applications are available on line at or at Access PEI sites. More information is available at 368-5908.

Media Contact: Ann Thurlow
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