Prince Edward County businesses may now register with Prince Edward Learning Centre for the federal Career Focus program to hire new, young employees. Businesses filling a vacant position and willing to hire a person aged 30 and under starting their career may apply for a subsidy to support training costs. Kathy Kennedy, Executive Director of Prince Edward Learning Centre states, “This program will help young people stay in Prince Edward County and get career related experience. It is also a way for County businesses to take on new hires and have support for costs associated with training.”
The program will be available to up to 10 young people who have career related skills, but not necessarily experience. Potential employees must be 30 or under, have participated in skills-related training or post-secondary education, be legally entitled to work in Canada, and not be in receipt of Employment Insurance benefits. Employers must have a vacant position for at least 30 hours of work per week and intend to offer permanent employment at the end of the placement period. The placement subsidy may cover 80% of the employee’s wages for up to 25 weeks. Businesses set the wage and may identify the candidate to be hired. All potential candidates must be deemed eligible by Prince Edward Learning Centre prior to starting employment. Employers and potential employees should contact Prince Edward Learning Centre to register.
Prince Edward Learning Centre supports adults to achieve their educational and employment related goals. They work with over 100 people each year and offer support for those completing high school or entering college, pre-employment programs for youth, and host a low income tax clinic and financial literacy programs.
For more information:
Prince Edward Learning Centre
206 Main Street, Lower Level of The Armoury
Picton, Ontario K0K 2T0