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The Nova Scotia Economic Renewal Agency (ERA) will help 2,400
students and unemployed Nova Scotians to find work this summer,
Economic Renewal Minister Richie Mann announced today.

The Nova Scotia Employment Program for Students has been helping
both students and employers since 1978. Students get work
experience that puts their skills into action in the workplace,
and earn a salary at the same time. Employers benefit from the
latest knowledge skills in the marketplace, while receiving
substantial wage subsidies for students hired under these
programs. This summer employment initiative has a budget of
$6.217 million, which will be disbursed through a number of

Eligible employers include non-profit organizations, as well as
provincial and municipal government offices. Jobs are distributed
across the province based on population and unemployment for each

Up to 1,100 students, including 280 counsellors who will work in
accredited visitor information centres across Nova Scotia, will
be employed under the Nova Scotia Employment Program for

Another 210 students, who are enrolled in co-operative education
programs in Nova Scotia's colleges and universities, will go to
work under the Co-operative Employment Program. This year program
funding has increased from $450,000 to $650,000.

"Requests for high quality co-op positions have increased, and we
have added funding to meet this demand," said Mr. Mann. "Co-op
education shows what we are trying to achieve with all our
employment programs. By connecting knowledge learned in the
classroom with the workplace, we create employable students."
Follow-up studies show 87 per cent of co-op students get work
after they graduate.

Seventy post-secondary students can create their own jobs under
the Student Loan Employment Program. Students offer their
career-related services to eligible employers. Instead of
receiving a salary, the students build up student loan credits,
equivalent to minimum wage, which are applied directly to their
tuition at Nova Scotia universities or community colleges. The
ERA and the Department of Education and Culture are working
together to deliver this program.

Another 1,000 Nova Scotians will be hired under other programs.
ERA has budgeted $2,250,000 to employment programs that will be
announced by other government departments.

The summer work term runs from May 12 to Sept. 6. Job catalogues
listing all approved positions will be available by mid-April.

The deadline for employer applications from non-profit
organizations and provincial and municipal government offices, is
March 7, 1997. Program applications and guidelines are available
from any ERA office, including Business Service Centres, Access
Nova Scotia Centres or any Human Resource Centre and on the
Internet at


Contact: Mary Jane Fumerton  902-424-8921

trp                      Feb. 12, 1997 - 8:45 a.m.