Dec 23, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Applications are now available from the Student Employment and Experience Development (SEED) program for students looking for summer employment in New Brunswick. Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault made the announcement today.
"As minister responsible for both post-secondary education and labour, I understand the value of finding quality summer employment, and I encourage all students spending their summer in New Brunswick to take advantage of the opportunity that the SEED program offers," Arseneault said.
The provincially funded program provides summer jobs to eligible students in provincial government departments and agencies, municipal and First Nations offices, and non-profit organizations. Students who entered a post-secondary program in the fall of 2008 are eligible to apply. The program provides employers with a supplement equal to the minimum wage rate per hour to help students gain valuable work experience while earning a living.
In addition, a student entrepreneurship component of the program provides assistance to those wanting to start their own summer business. It includes an interest-free loan of up to $3,000. If the loan is repaid on time and all program requirements are met, the student entrepreneur may also qualify for a reimbursement of one-third of his or her loan.
"The students of today are the leaders of tomorrow, which is why it is important to provide them with options that encourage opportunities and give valuable workplace skills at home in New Brunswick," said Arsenault. "The SEED program is about more than just a summer job; it's about learning practical, real-world skills that will better prepare them for their future."
The SEED program is one of many programs government has in place to help put the province on the road to self-sufficiency.
Applications are now available at university campuses, community colleges, high schools, regional offices of the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, human resource services centres, and Service New Brunswick.
For more information on SEED and other employment programs and services for students, visit the Employment Development website.
MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Josée Groulx, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-444-3465.