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GOVERNMENT OF CANADA SUPPORTS
COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT YOUTH INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
SYDNEY (NS) – August 13, 2012 – A number of Cape Breton Island young people will have an opportunity to hone their skills and learn more about community economic development (CED) thanks to a youth internship program funded by the Government of Canada through Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation (ECBC).
“Our Government’s top priorities are economic growth and job creation,” said the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie). “Strong economies begin with strong communities. This investment strengthens the capacity of both the youth interns who will gain valuable work experience, as well as their host organizations who will have added capacity to plan and implement community development initiatives.”
The Government of Canada, through ECBC, is investing $278,750 in the program. Total project costs are $371,667.
Coastal Business Opportunities Inc. will administer the Youth Internship Program whereby eight youths between 18 and 35 years of age will be provided with an internship for a period of 12 months with a Cape Breton Island CED organization. Eligible interns must have graduated from a college or university and be currently unemployed, under-employed or working in an area unrelated to their field of study. They will assist CED organizations further their mandates and implement special projects. Each host organization is responsible for providing meaningful work and appropriate mentoring and supervision.
“The Youth Internship Program is an excellent way to engage our community’s young people in the community economic development process,” said Patricia MacNeil of Coastal Business Opportunities Inc. “Participants gain valuable work experience and the host CED organizations benefit from the interns’ unique perspective, energy and enthusiasm. This bodes well for the future of Cape Breton Island.”
Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation offers programs in support of economic development initiatives and is responsible for delivering ACOA’s programs on Cape Breton Island and in the Mulgrave area.
Coastal Business Opportunities Inc.
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