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B.C. Pilots Job Exchange Program for Aboriginal Youth

by NationTalk on April 30, 2008447 Views

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2008CFD0019-000654
April 29, 2008

Ministry of Children and Family Development

VICTORIA – A new work exchange pilot program for Aboriginal high school students will give them a unique opportunity to explore careers in the social services field, announced Children and Family Development Minister Tom Christensen today.“This new program is a great way for Aboriginal students to explore the challenging and rewarding career options available through the ministry – as well as to share their unique cultural perspectives with staff,” said Christensen.

The Aboriginal Youth Work Xchange Program is a two-week summer work opportunity, open to Grade 11 and 12 Aboriginal students from throughout the province. Successful candidates will work with a ministry employee in a Ministry of Children and Family Development office in their community, and learn about career options in the social services field.

As part of the learning opportunity, students will create a cultural exchange experience for their partner.

“Students will gain valuable work experience while earning credit towards high school completion with this program,” said Education Minister Shirley Bond. “Students will be introduced to the day-to-day responsibilities of today’s workplace, and this experience will help inform their future education and career decisions.”

The Work Xchange Program will run from July 7 until July 18, 2008. These paid work experience placements will count towards the 30 hours of work experience required for graduation under the Graduation Transitions Program.

Application forms and instructions are available at www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/about_us/xchange.htm. Deadline for submission of applications is May 23. Successful applicants will be notified by June 20.

Through this and other programs, the Province is working with Aboriginal communities to close the socio-economic gaps that separate them from other British Columbians.

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Media contact:

Seumas Gordon
Media Relations Officer
Ministry of Children and Family Development
250 356-2939
250 818-4508 (cell)

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