Province Committed to Supporting Youth

Premier's Office

May 4, 2016 12:03 PM

The province is committed to seeing more young people find meaningful work as part of Budget 2016-2017.

More than $12 million will be invested in programs that provide the skills, training and experience needed to connect young people to a career here in Nova Scotia.

"Working in government means getting an opportunity to work and live at home," said Ms. Shakara Paris, a recently hired Service Nova Scotia customer service representative. "I can be close to my family, my friends, and live in a place where everybody knows my name. This is where my support system is, and, most importantly, where my heart is."

Investments to support youth and students include:
--$3.2 million for employers to create new positions for recent graduates
--$3.7 million to help graduate students stay in the province to do research that could lead to new products and more opportunities
--$5.1 million to provide students with meaningful co-op and summer work experiences
--$340,000 for high school students to gain experience through a youth apprenticeship co-op work term

"More and more young people are staying and working right here in Nova Scotia and this year's budget is aimed at continuing this trend," said Premier Stephen McNeil. "We have programs that are helping hundreds of young people get a foot in the door and land good jobs so they can build a life and start their careers right here at home."

Government is also working to hire more young Nova Scotians. The Experience Through Opportunity program gives young and less experienced workers opportunities with the public service across the province. During the past two years more than 1,200 workers under the age of 35 have started careers with the provincial government.        

The Make it Here initiative provides opportunities for young Nova Scotians. Learn more at http://makeithere.novascotia.ca/ .


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     The province is committed to seeing more young people

find meaningful work as part of Budget 2016-2017.

     More than 12-million dollars will be invested in programs

that provide skills, training and experience to connect young

people to careers in Nova Scotia.

     Investments include funding for employers to create new

positions for recent graduates, co-op and summer work

experiences, graduate scholarships, and apprenticeship co-op work

terms.

     Premier Stephen McNeil says more young people are staying

and working in Nova Scotia, and this year's budget is aimed at

continuing this trend.

     For more information go to the Make it Here Nova Scotia

website.

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Media Contact: David Jackson
              Premier's Office
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              Email: david.jackson@novascotia.ca