Volume 94, Issue 99

Tuesday, March 27, 2001


Code of Conduct gets Senate's OK

Refugee camp staged in UCC

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Fed funding lost to big schools

Ontario creating 57,000 new summer jobs for April

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Corroded Disorder

Ontario creating 57,000 new summer jobs for April

By Chris Lackner
Gazette Staff

The provincial government is looking to lend a helping hand to the average student's search for summer employment.

David Raymond, communications co-ordinator for the Ontario Student Employment program, said the program is in its fifth year of operation, and has been given a current budget of $53.1 million.

"We've usually been fortunate enough to exceed our target [of summer jobs created]," he said. "Our target this year is 57,000 [jobs] – twice as many as in 1995."

He said the OSE program exists to help students, 15 years and up, find summer employment between April and September.

The program offers financial help to potential student entrepreneurs, incentives for business and community groups to hire students, as well as employment opportunities in government agencies, Raymond said.

"It's a great way for students to figure out what they really want to do as a career path," he said, noting the OSE programs offer employment in many administrative and business environments, as well as minimum-wage work.

Jean Mcfarlane, bookkeeper for Nichols and Associates, a London-based interior design firm, said the firm has used students from the Ontario Summer Employment program for three years and has put in another application for the approaching summer session.

"It gives us a chance to use government subsidies to hire a student, which would normally not be financially possible," she said.

Mcfarlane said Nichols and Associates has used OSE students in areas of Web design, advertising, as well as general office duties.

"The provincial and federal governments have always offered student employment programs," said Sharon Lee, the employment services co-ordinator for the Student Development Centre at Western. "They offer incentives to employers to encourage student summer employment. It would be devastating if they were ever [discontinued]."

Jill Wellard, a Western student in third-year media, information and technoculture, said she has never used the OSE program, but said it could provide interesting opportunities for those who are having difficulty finding relevant summer employment.

Lee said Western's employment services offers job programs targeted at graduate students and undergraduate students, in both a part-time, full-time and summer employment capacity.

"We have a number of employment opportunities targeted at different sectors," she said, adding the SDC also offers training in such areas as the job-interview process and resume preparation, as well as career counseling.

Information on the programs initiatives can be found at www.edu.gov.ca or by phoning 1-888-JOBGROW, Raymond explained.

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