April 15, 2010
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - Hundreds of students from St. Stephen to Sussex are getting a chance to test their job-hunting skills as the 17th annual Job Fest begins today at the Saint John Trade and Convention Centre.
The Job Fest is an initiative of the Government of New Brunswick, J.D. Irving Ltd. and school districts 6, 8 and 10.
"This type of event equips young students for the jobs of tomorrow and provides strong reinforcement for our provincial objective of self-sufficiency by 2026," said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault. "If we look after the education of today's young people, we will have educated adults in the future who will ensure that New Brunswick continues to be a viable and prosperous province."
More than 6,800 students have participated in Job Fest since its inception in 1993. In recent years, the program has expanded to include presentations at high schools in school districts 6, 8 and 10. These presentations cover subjects such as how to write résumés and cover letters; and how to participate in job interviews effectively.
Four-hundred Grade 11 students are chosen to attend Job Fest from the nearly 2,500 who take part in the presentations delivered by the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour and J.D. Irving Ltd.
Education Minister Roland Haché said participating students are given simulated jobs for which to apply; take part in job interviews; and receive feedback.
"Part of the role of the education system, and a commitment of our When Kids Come First program, is to ensure that students are aware of careers options and choices," said Haché. "Young people are a key part of this government's plan for self-sufficiency, and events such as this give students the tools they need to be successful in New Brunswick."
"J.D. Irving Ltd. is proud to be a founding partner of Job Fest," said Colleen Baxter, vice-president of human resources, J.D. Irving Ltd. "This region is home for our company, and we are committed to growing the potential and building the skill of local high school students. With more than 4,000 positions to fill during the next five years, this event allows us to start a conversation and provide students with more information as they begin to consider career options - right here at home in Atlantic Canada."
MEDIA CONTACTS: Valerie Kilfoil, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-4919; Thomas Lizotte, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-8617; Geoff Britt, J.D. Irving Ltd., 506-648-2609.