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Employers Encouraged to STEP up as Leap Day Deadline Approaches

STEPEmployers are encouraged to apply for Alberta’s Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) before February 29.

STEP will benefit high school and post-secondary students seeking work experience and will support Alberta employers.

“We’re excited to bring STEP back this summer and pleased to see employers across our province seizing the opportunity the program provides. I encourage employers to participate in the program to benefit their organization, and to support our future generation of bright and eager Albertans.”

Christina Gray, Minister of Labour

“The STEP grant will help us hire arts administration students for this summer’s Whyte Avenue Art Walk. Our students will be able to gain valuable hands-on experience while helping the festival gain stability and grow. This wage assistance will help us attract a higher quality applicant, offer paid work to our students and keep them active in their chosen fields.”

Kim Fjordbotten, owner of The Paint SPOT

Over the past several weeks, Alberta government representatives joined local business leaders in presenting information on STEP to interested employers. More than 70 information sessions were held in 41 communities across the province.

Ten million dollars is allocated for the program in 2016-17.

STEP will provide employers who hire students with a wage subsidy of $7 per hour for work opportunities between four and 16 weeks. Positions will be distributed across sectors and across Alberta.

Eligible employers include small businesses, non-profit organizations, public libraries, municipalities, First Nations, Métis Settlements, publicly-funded post-secondary institutions, and school boards.

All applications received by February 29, 2016 will be considered.

Application forms are available online at AlbertaCanada.com/STEP.

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