CLARINGTON, ON, April 10, 2018 /CNW/ - When post-secondary students get the chance to learn in a hands-on work environment, they build the real-world skills and connections that help them get great jobs when they graduate. That's why the Student Work Placements Program is such a critical part of the Government's plan to put Canada's greatest strength—its skilled, hard-working people—at the heart of a more innovative future economy.
The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced today that the Government of Canada will provide over $6.6 million to the Electricity Human Resources Council (EHRC) for the project Building Partnerships and Opportunities for Integrated Learning in Electricity, which will help 750 students in the electricity industry and business fields develop important skills and gain valuable workplace experience.
The Government of Canada is rolling out a $73 million Student Work Placements Program to create over 10,000 paid student work placements in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and business over the next four years, and to facilitate stronger partnerships between employers and partnering polytechnics, universities and colleges. This is in addition to funding provided to Mitacs, a not-for-profit organization that provides research internships, with a goal of creating 10,000 work placements per year. With these combined investments, over 60,000 post-secondary students will have paid work placements over the next five years.
Minister Hajdu made the announcement at the Darlington Nuclear Information Centre, together with the Ontario Power Generation and the EHRC, one of several industry partners working with the Government of Canada. The EHRC works to help the electricity industry ensure it has a highly skilled, diverse and productive workforce that meets current and future needs of the Canadian job market.
"When Canadian students get on-the-job education, they're getting the experience they need to succeed. Our Innovation and Skills Plan is putting Canada's skilled, talented and creative people at the heart of a more innovative future economy."
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
"The Student Work Integrated Learning program was developed to bridge the gap between formal post-secondary learning and skills requirements of Canadian employers. The difficulties faced by young Canadians in the transition from school to work— obtaining entry into the world of work and gaining relevant job experience—are well known. This program will provide students with the opportunity to align their technical skills with the entrepreneurial and "work-ready" skills required by today's employers."
– Michelle Branigan, Chief Executive Officer, Electricity Human Resources Council
"The Ontario Power Generation is proud to partner with the Government of Canada and Electricity Human Resources Canada to help the next generation of our industry's workforce have the skills and education they need to succeed. We hire close to 250 students every year and each one brings new ideas and innovation to our company. By bridging the gap between formal study and hands-on experience, we are investing in our industry's future leaders and positioning Ontario as a world leader in the electricity sector."
– Barb Keenan, Senior Vice President, People and Culture, and Chief Ethics Officer, Ontario Power Generation
- According to the EHRC, Canada will install and deploy renewable electrical capabilities over the next 10 years with growth of anywhere from 20,000 to 52,000 megawatts of new power. This will increase the skilled workforce needed in this areas by two to three times.
- Budget 2018 announced $8 million to support the creation of up to 1,000 student work placements in the field of cyber security, as part of the National Cyber Security Strategy.
- Under the Student Work Placements Program, the Government also announced $1 million per year to create up to 500 new placements over three years in the field of artificial intelligence for students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
- Work placements are a continuum of opportunities offered within the workplace, including internships, practicums and cooperative placements (co-ops).
- Students who participate in these opportunities are more likely to benefit from higher earnings and more employment opportunities, be employed in fields more closely related to their studies and develop technical and work-ready skills sought after by employers.
Student Work Placement Program
The Student Work Placement Program will provide post-secondary students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and business more quality student work placements and improved partnerships between employers and post-secondary education (PSE) institutions.
Agreements will be put in place with employer delivery partners, including recognized industry associations and organizations that represent the interests of businesses in key sectors in STEM and business.
These partners will be responsible for establishing partnerships with employers and PSE institutions and will provide eligible employers in STEM and business with wage subsidies for quality student work placements, up to 50 percent of the wage cost for the placement (up to a maximum of $5,000 per placement) and up to 70 percent (up to a maximum of $7,000 per placement) for first-year students and under-represented groups, such as women in STEM, Indigenous students, people with disabilities and newcomers.
Employers, including small and medium-sized enterprises and PSE institutions, will work together to help students become job-ready and develop the full complement of skills employers are seeking.
As part of the Student Work Placement Program, up to 10000 new work-integrated learning opportunities will be created for post-secondary students from STEM and business fields. It is expected that student work placements will be made available to under‑represented post-secondary students, such as women in STEM, newcomers and Indigenous students, as well as first-year students in STEM.
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
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