Human Resources, Labour and Employment
May 19, 2009
The following statement was
issued by the Honourable Susan Sullivan, Minister of Human Resources,
Labour and Employment. It was also read in the House of Assembly:
Students to Benefit From Summer
I rise today to inform my honourable colleagues of
this government’s commitment to student summer employment in
Newfoundland and Labrador.
A student summer job is often a young person’s first
exposure to the labour market. It is a great way to establish good work
habits and an understanding of the value of earning a living.
Recognizing this, Budget 09 included an investment of $3.45 million
towards the delivery of student summer programs for high-school and
post-secondary students throughout the province.
This year, Provincial Government funding will enable
over 600 high-school level I, II and III students to secure work with
not-for-profit organizations, community agencies and municipalities in
approximately 480 summer recreation, heritage and community improvement
In addition to supporting high-school students the
Provincial Government also assists individuals attending a
post-secondary institution – or those planning to attend one in the
upcoming year – secure meaningful summer employment with both for-profit
and not-for-profit employers. Through our Student Work and Service
Program, students gain up to 14 weeks of on-the-job experience. In
addition students also receive a $50 tuition voucher for each week
worked. For example, if a student works for the full 14 weeks, then they
will receive $700 towards the overall cost of their tuition. This is an
excellent way for students to gain valuable work experience and save for
school, thereby reducing their debt burden.
I am pleased to announce that this year, we will match
1,155 post-secondary students with employers for meaningful summer
Also this summer, the Provincial Government will
continue its financial support of the Conservation Corps of Newfoundland
and Labrador. A grant of $597,800 will fund up to 25 Green Team projects
and employ 100 youth and students primarily in rural areas of the
These Green Team projects are aimed at addressing
environmental and cultural heritage issues and are run in partnership
with local community organizations and the corporate sector.
Through this program, our youth and students will
contribute to conserving the environment in our province while
developing their own skills and enhancing their environmental awareness.
In closing, the Provincial Government is pleased to
support student summer employment again this year and I would like to
wish all our students a safe, enjoyable and rewarding summer.
2009 05 19 1:50 p.m.