The Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning, through SkillsPEI and the Employment Development Agency, offers a continuum of support services for Island youth to enhance their employability skills and to assist them in making successful transitions into the work force.
The Department places a strategic emphasis on youth, recognizing the link between lifelong learning and career growth.
In particular, the Department is responsible for three programs that focus on youth —Jobs for Youth, Post Secondary, and Career Prep programs. They provide employers with financial support to help Island youth transition into the workforce and launch new careers here on PEI. Through these opportunities, youth can increase their skills and apply them in a real-life work setting.
“Plans are well underway to help attach students to the Island workforce in the 2016 year through these support services,” said Minister Richard Brown. “This year, our goal is to assist more than 500 students through these youth initiatives. We encourage interested youth to get in touch with our staff to discuss options and begin to pave the way to their future career goals.”
More about the programs
The Jobs for Youth Program is offered through the Employment Development Agency during the summer months. It provides support to private, public, and non-profit sector employers to hire Island students who are returning to school. Students are provided with a valuable work experience that has a career-related focus.
The Post Secondary Program is offered by SkillsPEI. It provides summer employment to students who are entering, or returning, to post-secondary studies in the fall. Support is provided to employers in the private, non-profit, and public sectors. Students are provided with an on-the-job training opportunity during the summer months, which increases their skills and employability, and supports their education costs.
The Career Prep Program is offered by SkillsPEI. It provides funding to private sector employers on PEI to hire, mentor, and provide full-time post-secondary students entering their final year of a multi-year program with valuable work experiences in their field of study. Post-secondary students have an opportunity to apply their education and training to an employment opportunity. The on-the-job training exposure ensures students are better prepared to transition into the labour market following graduation.
Funding for the Jobs for Youth and Post Secondary programs is through provincial resources, while funding for the Career Prep Program is through the Youth Employment Strategy.
For more information, please contact SkillsPEI at www.skillspei.com or 1-877-491-4766.