Dec 21, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Applications are now available to university and college students and to high school graduates who will be continuing their education next year for next summer's provincially funded Student Employment and Experience Development (SEED) program. Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault made the announcement today.
"The SEED program gives students an opportunity to develop the skills and experience they need to be successful as they pursue their careers," said Arseneault. "This experience is invaluable for students entering the workforce after completing their post-secondary education, and it is also an effective way for them to earn money over the summer to make their education more affordable."
Applications are now available at university campuses, community college campuses, high schools, regional offices of the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, Service Canada centres, and Service New Brunswick centres.
The program provides summer jobs to eligible students in provincial government departments and agencies; municipal and First Nations offices; and non-profit organizations. Students who will be entering or continuing a post-secondary program in the fall of 2010 are eligible to apply. The program provides employers with a supplement equal to the minimum wage rate per hour to help students gain work experience while earning a wage.
A student entrepreneurship component of the program provides assistance to those wanting to start a 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 qualify for a reimbursement of one-third of his or her loan.
"We encourage students to apply early, and we also like to promote awareness of this program during the holidays to reach those who study out-of-province and who are home during this time of year," said Arseneault. "This gives them a fair chance at securing a summer job through the SEED program. In addition to operating this provincially funded student employment program, the government is making post-secondary education more affordable for more New Brunswickers in many other ways through Be Inspired. Be Ready. Be Better. The Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick."
The provincial government has undertaken several initiatives to improve access to higher education:
More information on the SEED program and other employment programs and services for students is online.
MEDIA CONTACT: Thomas Lizotte, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-8617.