PROVINCE HELPS YOUTH FIND SUMMER JOBS, LEARN SKILLS THROUGH MANITOBA YOUTH JOB CENTRES

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The Manitoba government is encouraging students and youth to gain employment skills and experience this summer at one of 38 Manitoba Youth Job Centres (MYJC) in communities throughout the province, Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart announced today.

Helping young people develop employment skills and gain work experience prepares them for the labour market and supports our provincial economy,” said Wishart.  “That’s why our government is committed to ensuring youth have access to the opportunities they need to reach their potential.”

Located throughout rural and northern Manitoba, youth job centres help match local employers with qualified students and youth aged 12 to 29 for summer employment.  This year, the Manitoba government is investing nearly $400,000 in the program.  The centres are expected to help approximately 11,000 students find jobs this summer, which the minister noted is the highest amount since the program’s creation in 1976.

The offices are staffed by post-secondary students hired as youth engagement leaders through the STEP Services student employment program.  Offices can be operated in co-operation with community-based sponsoring committees.

“The MYJC is an excellent program that provides great opportunities for youth and for youth engagement leaders to learn, to grow, to network and become positive contributors to our communities,” said Gabrielle Musick, employment consultant at the Community Employment and Resource Centre in St-Pierre-Jolys.  “Another bonus for the youth is getting a chance to get connected with community leaders.  The program has also been responsive to needs by adding new features and resources to enhance the program, such as the First Jobs Certificate.”

The centres provide job-search advice, resume preparation, interview assistance and information about workplace standards, as well as posting employment opportunities free of charge.

The centres also help youth aged 12 to 16 build work experience through the Odd Job Squad program.  It provides supervised first job and volunteer experience through casual hands-on activities such as car washes, kids’ carnivals and Canada Day window painting.

Anyone interested can drop by a community youth job centre, open yearly from mid-May to mid-August, or call the MYJC co-ordinator year-round at 204-945-8115.  For locations and more information, visit www.gov.mb.ca/cyo/youth/services/manitobayouthjobcentres.html.

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