The Government of Nova Scotia will showcase the public service as an employer to younger workers at its first career fair today, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m.
University and community college students are expected to browse about 25 exhibitors from different departments and offices at the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, in Halifax.
“We are committed to attracting and retaining younger workers,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “This career fair gives us the chance to show younger workers that our public service has a variety of great opportunities.”
In 2015, government made a concerted effort to start hiring more younger workers in entry-level positions and removed barriers like unnecessary experience requirements in job postings.
Last fiscal year, almost 40 per cent of all those hired or rehired in the public service have been 35 or younger.
In addition to hiring younger workers on a permanent basis, the province also supports co-op, apprenticeship, internship and summer opportunities for students, hiring nearly 300 students since January.
“We’re thrilled to host our first-ever career fair and hope to grow the event and hold it every year,” said Public Service Commission Minister Tony Ince. “Landing that first job is a crucial step in keeping young, talented people in Nova Scotia.”
There are positions for younger workers around the province in a wide range of sectors from research and communications, business and community development, technology, agriculture and engineering.
“As a younger worker, there are many reasons why I love working for the province,” said Margaret Schwartz, Program Outreach Co-ordinator for Labour and Advanced Education. “I have access to great role models and mentors, and I appreciate the resources that allow me to continuously learn and grow professionally.”
To apply for a job with the province, go to http://jobs.novascotia.ca .