Human Resources, Labour and
May 26, 2008
The following statement was
issued by the Honourable
Shawn Skinner, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment. It
was also read in the House of Assembly:
Student Summer Employment Programs
Under Way in Province
I rise today to inform my honourable colleagues of
this governmentís commitment to student summer employment in
Newfoundland and Labrador. The Provincial Government supports two major
student summer employment programs. These are the Student Work and
Service Program (SWASP) and the Level I, II and III Student Employment
Program. In 2008-09, a total of $2.5 million is being invested in these
A student summer job is often a young personís first
exposure to the labour market. It is a great way to establish good
life-long work habits and to understand the value of earning a living.
The Level I, II and III Student Employment Program
helps high school students secure work with not-for-profit
organizations, community agencies, and municipalities in summer
recreation, heritage and community improvement projects. Projects
provide for three to eight weeks of paid employment at no direct cost to
the organization. This year we anticipate that the Level I, II and III
Student Employment Program will support approximately 480 projects and
employ over 600 high school students.
SWASP provides a sponsoring employer with a wage
subsidy of $4 per hour. In return, the employer is required to hire the
student for a minimum of 25 to a maximum of 40 hours of work each week.
Under the program, the student can work a minimum of five to a maximum
of 14 weeks.
SWASP assists individuals currently attending or who
plan to go to a post-secondary institution in the up-coming academic
year. It is available to both for-profit and not-for-profit employers.
This year SWASP will enable 1,200 post-secondary students to be matched
to employers and secure a meaningful summer job.
In addition to the SWASP wage subsidy, the student
also receives a $50 per week tuition voucher. For example, if a student
works a maximum of 14 weeks then $700 is provided to help reduce the
overall cost of their tuition. This is a great way to both gain work
experience and save for school.
In Budget 2008, $1.38 million is being invested to
develop a comprehensive Youth Retention and Attraction Strategy to
encourage young people to stay, live and work in the province. We are
moving forward with this initiative as it will complement other youth
services such as the student summer employment programs, the graduate
employment program, the Community Youth Network, and grants to
youth-serving agencies. Government is firmly committed to engaging and
supporting our young people because when they succeed everyone in the
I encourage our students to be safe on the job this
summer, to gain new experiences, to learn news skills and to make sure
they enjoy themselves.
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