More Nova Scotians are getting valuable on-the-job experience, helping them get good jobs here at home, through the province’s START program. The province announced today, Aug. 7, plans to expand the program, which encourages businesses to hire and provide work experience to Nova Scotians. Beginning next year, the province will increase funding to support recent graduates to get experience they need to launch careers here. “Nova Scotia has thousands of new graduates ready to start work in their field of study, but for many of them, the first hurdle is gaining some experience and getting a foot in the door,” Labour and Advanced Education Minister Frank Corbett said at Playschool Day Care in New Waterford. START has connected 557 young people, recent graduates, apprentices and unemployed Nova Scotians with work experience. As of June, 92 per cent of those are expected to become long-term jobs for the new employees. “Through the START program, we are helping more Nova Scotians gain that experience so they can find good jobs and put down roots in their communities,” said Mr. Corbett. “We’re making it easier for families to build the life they want right here at home.” START was introduced as a pilot program in October. “As a result of the START program, I’ve found a great place to gain work experience in my field of choice,” said Alexis White. “The training I’ve received as a cook at Playschool Day Care will no doubt set me up for my future.” Ms. White’s employer also benefits. “The province’s START program has been a huge help for our non-profit day care. It’s a win-win situation providing us with the support to hire staff, while offering excellent job experience to some of our employees,” said Janet Campbell, director of Playschool Day Care in New Waterford. “Through this funding, we were able to hire and train Alexis as a cook. She’s proven to be dependable, competent and is eager to learn.” More than 382 employers have taken part in START, which helps cover costs such as training and wages for new employees. The province is increasing the funding by $500,000 per year for a total of $1.5 million over the next three years. “Participating in the co-op and START programs helped me secure the job I have and love today,” said Katelyn MacDonald, marketing and events co-ordinator for the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce. “With the opportunity to connect with employers here in my community, I was able to find a great job at home.” To find out more, or apply, visit http://careers.novascotia.ca.
by Raphael Satter And Mstyslav Chernov, The Associated Press Posted Jun 11, 2016 3:55 am MDT Last Updated Jun 11, 2016 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Air France pilots join embarrassing train, garbage strikes PARIS – About a quarter of Air France pilots are striking to demand better working conditions — the latest challenge to travellers and France’s image as it hosts Europe’s biggest sporting event.Weeks of strikes and demonstrations over the country’s labour reforms and other industrial disputes have led to panic at the pumps, violent protests in the streets and, most recently, garbage rotting in the gutters. It’s a litany of headaches which some Parisians fear will scare away visitors.“I’m telling you, France has become a very ugly country,” Francoise Cuip, 60, told a reporter in Paris’ well-heeled 16th district. “It’s my country, but that’s the way it is.”French leaders had hoped to put the disruption behind them as the country turned its attention to the European Championship soccer tournament, which is expected to draw over 2 million visitors, but unions are planning to keep up the airline and trash strikes through Tuesday.Up to a fifth of flights are cancelled Saturday, Air France said, both domestic and international. Among those affected were flights carrying spectators to cities holding matches.French train drivers have also been on strike for days; France’s SNCF rail company was disrupted in the southeast, with cancellations possible. In Paris the rail link between the capital and Charles de Gaulle Airport was disrupted, with few trains running along the usually busy route.Meanwhile garbage was piling up uncollected because of a continuing strike and blockages by collectors.On the streets of the capital, there was exasperation at the drumbeat of disruption.“When it’s not the trains, when it’s not the metro, it’s the trash,” said Catherine Jacob, 48, who was walking past an overflowing garbage bin near Paris’ Trocardero. “In terms of hygiene, it’s not good for the tourists, it’s not good for the residents. Tomorrow we’ll have rats in the street.”Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said on Twitter that the city was “mobilizing all means, public and private” to clear the garbage.The strikes are occurring for different reasons, but the labour unrest is tapping into nationwide discontent as the government tries to change laws regulating working hours and layoffs.The influential CGT union, which is driving much of the action, may meet with the government over the weekend.