Thanks to some wonderful support from local employers, Treena Duncan’s job at the Hire a Student office has become just a bit more satisfying.
“They’ve been fabulous,” says Duncan of the job opportunities provided to students by some of the city’s larger businesses. “We have found Prince George businesses to be very supportive of what we are doing.”
The Hire a Student program, which is funded by the federal government through Human Resources Development Canada, offers job placement assistance to young people from the age of 15 on up into their late 20s and early 30s.
The Hire a Student office, located at 1323 Fifth Ave., provides a place for young people to come to peruse job postings, both full time and part time, as well as casual positions. Students also receive advice and help in putting together their resume as well as assistance with the job search.
According to Duncan. who is a recent graduate of the University of Northern British Columbia, participation from both employers and students is necessary to make the program work.
“So far, we’ve placed 537 students in full time and part time positions,” Duncan said, Tuesday. “We really do try to get as many postings as possible, for as many different jobs as possible. The students here do all sorts of things and it’s really great to see the students getting experience from all the different job.”
Canadian Tire has been one very supportive local business, she said, with 12 students helping the company get its newly constructed College Heights location ready for a fall opening. As well, Duncan said Bugbuster’s, a local tree planting company, has hired several students to help with summer planting.
The Hire a Student office is currently making a push on part time and casual jobs. The students will hold a car wash on Saturday at the Central Esso, located on Central Street and 15th Avenue, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Participants will have information concerning casual job placements. Duncan said students can be hired to help with any project large or small, from yard work to assisting with a move.
For more information about the program, call Duncan at 561-5165.