Expanding Opportunities for Students

We want all Nova Scotians to have the dignity, self-esteem, and self-confidence they need to enjoy productive and fulfilling lives.

And now, students who are looking to gain work experience, earn wages, and explore careers within their community, have more opportunities to do so, through the Career Rising program.

Career Rising is a program delivered in partnership with the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council, that provides skills development camps and work experience within resource sectors, such as the agricultural field. It lets youth know what options are out there for them.

The program supports youth to learn employability skills, earn wages, connect to the community and help meet local industry labour market needs.

This program started out as a pilot last year, and enjoyed so much success, that the Department of Community Services has made Career Rising a permanent program, now with added incentives:

The program features four components:

• a two-week skills-development camp focused on building self-confidence, leadership skills, work readiness, financial literacy and career exploration
• a paid work experience with a local employer within the agricultural and resource sectors
• and new this year, post-work experience support that includes resume development, and ongoing connection to community and supports throughout the school year
• also new, a post-secondary grant compromised of matched wages at 25 per cent (up to a maximum of $1,200 per year) by community services and $500 per student from the Credit Union Atlantic, to help encourage students to attend post-secondary and alleviate future post-secondary costs.

Our goal with this program is to give youth valuable work skills and experience while helping them to plan for their future and self-sufficiency. At the same time, we’re also helping to give support to the agricultural and resource industries in our rural communities.

Last year, 15 youth completed the pilot program and came back to tell us how valuable it was to them, and how it opened their eyes to a possible future in a sector they wouldn’t necessarily have considered before.

This year, 34 youth have successfully completed the program, with 30 employers participating.

For the first time in 32 years, we are seeing more youth enter the province than leave. And we are committed to helping more young people build their futures in Nova Scotia with providing youth hiring programs, like the one we are here to celebrate today.

Other programs like Graduate to Opportunity have helped attach over 650 university and college graduates to the Nova Scotia labour force in the past 3 years alone.

Your Liberal government is pleased to announce this partnership today that will help young people in our communities rise to their full potential and achieve their career dreams.

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