Posted on Apr 6, 2016

Bringing back the Student Temporary Employment Program

In Alberta today, many students continue to face barriers when trying to find work.


They often get trapped in that catch-22: employers say they don’t have enough work experience, but they can’t get a job to get that work experience. In these situations, students could miss out on opportunities to develop skills and experience that could help them build their careers. At the same time, many small businesses and non-profit organizations need extra help in the summer months.


The Summer Temporary Employment Program or STEP addresses these problems by connecting students with employers. This popular program started in 1972, but was suspended in 2013.


During the election, our government committed to reinstating STEP. On November 3, Premier Rachel Notley, along with Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour announced the return of this program.


Students will have better job prospects starting in summer 2016 when STEP is launched. The program will support employers in creating more than 3,000 summer student jobs. STEP will help open the doors for students to pay for schooling, build transferable skills and gain on-the-job-experience they need to enter the workforce and be successful.


Small businesses, non-profit organizations, municipalities, school boards and publicly-funded post-secondary institutions will be able to hire students on subsidized wages through STEP. Given the downturn in the economy, we want to ensure these employers are supported so they can grow, remain competitive and prosper.


Work placements will run from May to August. There will be $10 million allocated for STEP starting 2016-2017.


Jobs and the economy are important to this government. Budget 2015 is focused on stimulating economic growth, diversification and job creation in Alberta.


Further details on the program and application requirements will be made available January 2016.


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Minister Oneil Carlier

MLA, Whitecourt-Ste. Anne