Government helping fund student summer jobs

Jodi Schellenberg
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Ever summer, post-secondary students return to their hometowns to work during their break.

Prince Albert MP Randy Hoback

Many summer jobs are funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program, a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.

“It is a program that has been around for a while and it is back again this year,” Prince Albert MP Randy Hoback said.

The program, which was started in 2007, will provide the Prince Albert riding with $248,500 in funding, he said. This money will help create about 50 jobs for students in the area.

“It is a substantial amount of money for sure,” Hoback said.

So far, since its inception, the program has been well received.

“I have never heard of anybody complaining about it,” Hobakc said. “I have had some people upset or sad that they didn’t get a student.

“Students are in demand and, of course, in Saskatchewan there is a tight labour market,” he added. “As far as the operation of the program and the students involved and the employers employing these students, they have been very, very positive in the way it has worked and how it has benefited both the employer and the employee.”

The program also helps students further their career path.

“The main goal of the program is to provide opportunities for young people to have a job, learn their skills to make sure they are successful throughout their careers plus provide some income while they go to school,” Hoback said.

Hoback said students are looking to take on jobs for the summer across the country, in both the public and private sectors, as well as a variety of different occupations, to earn money to help pay for their schooling.

“More importantly they are getting some good, valuable skill sets and on the (job) training, for lack of better words, as they do these types of jobs,” he said.

There is no set type of work the government is providing funding for, he added.

“It is all over the map,” Hoback said. “What we tend to do is look for jobs that are providing the skill sets that these students will need as they go forward.

“It could be a variety of things -- working for a not-for-profit organization, helping out in some of the communities,” he added. “There is no single classification of this is where these people go. It is right across the board.”

The student labour also helps out the labour shortage in the province.

“There is no question about that,” Hoback said. “They take on roles that in some organizations they just need that person as they get their busy season in the summer and the students come in and help pick up the slack.”

Not only will the program help students in the Prince Albert area, this year it will provide 35,000 jobs across Canada.

“I think it is just another thing we do in government that the taxpayers fund that actually helps the students gain some experience and basically improve their career path,” Hoback said. “(Yet is) still provides benefits to the employer and gives that student enthusiasm. It is a win-win for both parties involved.”

Organizations: Prince Albert

Geographic location: Canada, Saskatchewan

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