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Training Program Connects Young Nova Scotians to Energy Sector

Young Nova Scotians will again be connected to opportunities in the energy sector through government’s Energy Training Program.

Applications are now available to employers for the 2017 program which supports opportunities for students and recent graduates to gain specialized training and work experience.

“Across government we’re helping hundreds of young people find opportunities that will lead to rewarding careers here in Nova Scotia,” said Energy Minister Michel Samson. “There is tremendous potential in our energy sector and this program helps businesses create momentum by giving some of our brightest young minds the chance to get a foot in the door.”

Through the program small and medium-sized companies in the energy sector can apply for wage support to hire post-secondary students and recent graduates.

The program provides eligible employers with 50 per cent of a student’s salary, up to $7.50 per hour, during a student’s employment with the company. Work terms run from 12 to 17 weeks between May and August. The application deadline is Feb. 24.

Since 2002 the Energy Training Program has funded about 420 student placements at more than 100 companies.

National labour statistics indicate that Nova Scotia made more progress on reducing youth unemployment than any other province in Canada in 2015.

This program is part of government’s Make it Here initiative to connect Nova Scotians with government programs for education and training, and entering the workforce. Make it Here also connects employers with programs to support hiring or training new grads and young Nova Scotians. To learn more, visit http://makeithere.novascotia.ca/ .

For more information on the Energy Training Program, visit novascotia.ca/energytraining.

Source: Release

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