The new PEI Farm Team program gives students an opportunity to earn a bursary towards their post-secondary education while they earn a wage working on a farm. The program will help farmers and agricultural processing operations fill jobs this summer.
Workforce and Advanced Learning, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, PEI Federation of Agriculture, Employment & Social Development Canada and the PEI Agriculture Sector Council are teaming up to offer this program through www.peifarmteam.ca.
Students going into grades 11 and 12 receive a $500 bursary, while students attending college or university in fall 2018 earn a $1,000 bursary.
This bursary program is inspired by Team Seafood, which was launched two years ago by the PEI Seafood Processors Association in partnership with Workforce and Advanced Learning. Eligible students working in seafood processing plants earn bursaries as well.
Laurie Loane, Executive Director, PEI Agriculture Sector Council, says this initiative is an excellent opportunity for potato processing plants, apple orchards, or any other farm operation that has a worker shortage.
“The initiative is a great collaboration among its partners,” says Laurie. “The PEI Agriculture Sector Council looks forward to promoting Farm Team to our members.”
Robert Godfrey, Executive Director, PEI Federation of Agriculture, says it is an exciting opportunity for the farming community. “Labour has always been a large issue in agriculture and youth are an underutilized talent pool.”
How to apply for the bursary program
Step #1: If you are interested in applying for a job in agriculture this summer and would like to receive the bursary, go to the website and register.
Step #2: Your name will be given to employers who are hiring and they will contact you.
Step #3: After your summer job experience in agriculture, you will receive the bursary.
For more information, call 902-314-0623. Visit www.peifarmteam.ca. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
For more information about Team Seafood, go to www.teamseafood.ca. Follow them on Facebook.
Funded in whole or in part through the Canada/PEI labour market agreements.