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Newfoundland and Labrador accepting applications for new student mentorship program

Advanced Education, Skills and Labour Minister Al Hawkins announces new funding for municipalities to develop plans to become more welcoming to newcomers at the Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador central regional meeting in Grand Falls-Windsor April 20.
Advanced Education, Skills and Labour Minister Al Hawkins. - Sarah Ladik

ST. JOHN’S, NL – There’s a new mentorship program for students in Newfoundland and Labrador.

In a news release today, April 26, Advanced Education, Skills and Labour Al Hawkins announced the application process for the program has opened.

Hawkins said the mentorship program continues the work of the cabinet committee on jobs.

“These students will gain real-world experience that will help them take advantage of current and future opportunities right here at home,” he said.

According to the news release, the program was developed in response to discussions with stakeholders at industry summits held throughout the province.

The provincial government has budgeted $196,000 for the initiative in its first year. The federal government is also contributing funding.

A total of 100 jobs will be created this year – 25 in each of the agriculture, aquaculture, technology, and oil and gas sectors.

Participants, who must be post-secondary students entering or returning to post-secondary studies in the upcoming school year, will be partnered with an established professional in their field of interest.

Employers will receive a subsidy of 50 per cent up to $7 per hour towards the minimum wage. The subsidy is available for six to eight weeks, and up to 40 hours per week. A minimum of 25 hours per week is required to maintain the subsidy. Employment must end on or before Sept. 2.

More information about the program, including the application form for employers, can be found at http://www.aesl.gov.nl.ca/students/mentorship.html.

The deadline to submit application is May 17.

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