Investing In Summer Jobs For Students



    McGuinty Government Helping Young People Gain Skills And Experience

    TORONTO, Feb. 6 /CNW/ - Ontario's summer jobs programs will help more
than 71,000 young people find work this year, John Milloy, Minister of
Training, Colleges and Universities announced today.
    "Our government knows that it's today's students who will build Ontario's
future economy," Milloy said. "We want to help them prepare for the workforce,
and develop the skills and experience they need to reach their potential."
    The government is investing more than $51.5 million this year in programs
and services for students, including:

    
    -   Ontario Rangers - Eight-week postings in remote locations, where
        tasks can include clearing portages, maintaining park trails and
        helping with fish and wildlife, forest management and biodiversity
        projects
    -   The Summer Company Program - Hands-on business coaching, mentoring
        and awards of up to $3,000 for students who want to start up and run
        their own summer businesses
    -   The Summer Jobs Service - Free job-search and self-marketing support
        for students applying for work and a $2 per hour hiring incentive for
        businesses and community organizations to hire students for up to
        16 weeks.

    Printed information on Ontario's summer jobs is available in many
locations, including secondary and postsecondary institutions, Job Connect
agencies and MPP offices. You can also link to all programs online from the
overview page at ontario.ca/summerjobs.

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                              www.edu.gov.on.ca
                         www.resultsontario.gov.on.ca


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                           ONTARIO SUMMER JOBS 2008
    

    The Ontario government offers a range of programs and services to help
students find summer work and acquire valuable job skills and experience.
    Programs have distinct eligibility criteria, applications processes and
deadlines, so students are advised to research each program of interest
individually.

    Aboriginal Youth Work Exchange - Work placements for Aboriginal youth
focusing on resource management projects, job skills readiness training and
personal development training. Each participant remains with the program over
three consecutive summers.

    Ontario Government Regular Summer Student Hiring - Jobs are available
with Ontario government ministries and agencies.

    Ontario/Quebec Summer Student Job Exchange Program - Jobs with Quebec
government ministries and agencies.

    Ontario Rangers - Ontario Rangers work out of remote camp locations.
Tasks can include clearing portages and maintaining trails in parks, and
assisting with fish and wildlife, forest management and biodiversity projects.

    Ontario Stewardship Ranger Program - Ontario Stewardship Rangers live at
home but perform tasks similar to those of the Ontario Rangers, including
creating wildlife habitat, removing invasive species and maintaining hiking
trails.

    Summer Company - Helps students start and run their own summer
businesses. Offers hands-on business coaching, mentoring, and awards of up to
$3,000.

    Summer Experience Program - Jobs with Ontario government ministries and
agencies, as well as community groups. Some bilingual positions are also
available.

    Summer Jobs Service - Free job-search and self-marketing support to help
students find summer jobs. Also offers a $2 per hour hiring incentive for
employers who provide summer job placements. Rural or northern employers can
also apply to the Rural Summer Jobs Service or their local Ministry of
Northern Development and Mines Northern Development Officer.

    Program information can also be accessed from a single convenient
starting point, at ontario.ca/summerjobs. Students new to the workforce may be
interested in the information about employment and health and safety at
WorkSmartOntario.gov.on.ca.

    Contact:
    Kevin Dove
    Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
    416-325-2746

    
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                              www.edu.gov.on.ca
    





For further information:

For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416)
473-4649; Kevin Dove, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746; Public Inquiries:
(416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892

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