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Summer Jobs in Manitoba

The Job Market for Canadian Students

By: Jessica Segal

The province of Manitoba has many great resources for youth summer employment, particularly an abundance of government-initiatives and programs that encourage young people to find meaningful summer employment.

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The Government of Manitoba website has a wide variety of opportunities for youth and students to find summer jobs. STEP Services is the official student employment placement service for the Government of Manitoba, facilitating full and part-time jobs within government departments, agencies and Crown corporations in Manitoba. The service requires student employees to be a minimum of 16 years of age at the time of employment and attending school during the year following employment. STEP Services acts as a liaison between students seeking employment and government departments seeking student employees. Submit an application to STEP and they might be able to match you with suitable employment such as entry-level jobs doing clerical work, labour, research and administration. Some outdoor work environments are also available. The hourly wage is determined by duties and there are four levels of pay.

The Manitoba Youth Job Centres serves students and youth between 12 and 29 with free information on career development and employment. The service can connect student job seekers with employers in your community, help with resume writing and teach workplace safety. Check their website for a list of MYJC offices to find one to visit in your area.

Manitoba's Career Focus supports high school and post-secondary instructors who help students find career-related employment. The program provides wage reimbursement incentives of $3.00 an hour to supplement the cost of hiring a student. Their website lists all of the requirements and benefits of this hiring program.

Partners with Youth is an initiative to assist youth with income assistance or those who are at an employment disadvantage in Manitoba. The program seeks to prepare these youth ages 18 to 29 with training that will help them secure permanent employment. The program is designed specifically for eligible youth in rural Manitoba. Their website has many important details about the program and application process.

The Youth Transition Program provides recent high school graduates between 16 and 21 in Manitoba with meaningful work experience in the government and private organizations. The program seeks to assist those students who lack the funds to further their education and to enrol in post-secondary education. The work term is from 10 to 14 months, and those who have successfully enrolled in a post-secondary program after the Youth Transition Program will receive a $3,000 bursary in addition to their salaries.

The Manitoba Mentorship is a program which provides wage incentives to employers who can employ students in part-time positions during the school term. Their website outlines the eligibility criteria for employers and employees of the program.

The Government of Manitoba also has programs designed to serve Aboriginal groups in Manitoba through the Partners for Careers Program. This job placement service is aimed towards First Nations, Métis and Inuit Manitobans. For useful resources for Aboriginal job seekers, check the website.

Career Options for Students with Disabilities is another government initiative to assist high school and post-secondary students to find career-related jobs in a variety of government departments. The placements take place over the summer months (some part-time opportunities are also available during the school year) in office work, labour and research positions.

Manitoba Work Info Net Aboriginal is an organization funded by the federal and provincial government. The site is a hub of career events including job fairs and workshops, as well as a job board and other employment resources.

Manitoba Hydro's Summer Employment Opportunities hire over 300 Manitoba students to work in the energy industry in a range of capacities. Students must be enrolled in full-time studies and be at least 16. Manitoba Hydro also has awards, bursaries and scholarships, as well as co-op programs that may also be of interest to youth.

My Steinbach has a section of their website dedicated to the Steinbach, Manitoba Job Market. Job seekers can upload their resume, and employers can submit job ads.

Internships
The Legislative Assembly of Manitoba Internship Program is open to six university graduates in Manitoba to gain first-hand experience in Manitoba's legislative process in a 10-month internship with competitive pay and all-expenses paid study tours to Ottawa and Minnesota. Check their website for an application form.

The Black Youth Internship Program is a Government of Manitoba program which encourages students to stay in school. The objective of the internship is to provide high school students of African/Caribbean origin with the chance to explore jobs in finance, government and business. The program is a partnership between employer, student and school, and the website outlines the roles of each of these parties.

Apprenticeships
The Government of Manitoba's Youth Build Program is considered a pre-apprenticeship program and a great first-step for students who are curious about the skilled trades. The program is community-service based where young people work alongside trades-people and journey-people to renovate local housing. A paid vocational component comprises 30 hours of the week, and the other 10 hours are allotted to an unpaid, academic component. Participants must be between 16 and 29 years of age whom have dropped out of school and have other circumstances which make finding employment difficult.

General information about apprenticeships can be found on the Government of Manitoba Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade website. The site is a great starting place for working in the trades, featuring a High School Apprenticeship Program, blogs from fellow apprentices and journey-people and more.

Apprenticeship Manitoba is another helpful site for learning about starting as an apprentice. Check their website for blog-style accounts from current apprentices in the field.

Volunteering
Youth Serves Manitoba engages post-secondary students to volunteer, part-time, in their community by giving students who achieve 100 hours of approved community service a $500 bursary towards tuition or student loans. Their website clearly outlines what type of volunteering applies towards the completion of the program.

My VOP is a volunteering hub for youth, featuring volunteering info such as how to go about getting a criminal record check, volunteering postings and resume writing help. The site also features information about your rights as a volunteer.

Volunteer Manitoba sponsors Youth Volunteering for those between 12 and 24. Their webpage has contact information of their volunteer coordinator.

Job Fairs
The University of Manitoba's Career Services hosts an annual Career Fair every January featuring over 80 employers. The fair is open to U of M students from all faculties who are seeking full and part-time summer employment. Register online using the form on their website.

Student Exchange Programs
Manitoba students can go on a Quebec Exchange thanks to this Government of Manitoba program to promote awareness and positive relationships between Canadian provinces. There are nine spots for Manitoba students to work in Quebec for the summer for a 13-week period between mid-may to mid-August. Students are placed in positions in Quebec City and surrounding regions. Exchange students must be post-secondary students in Manitoba who are returning to their studies. Students will receive a salary and the program will cover transportation and accommodation expenses.

The University of Manitoba's Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences has job postings for the following positions: permanent, part-time, seasonal, summer, co-op and international. Peruse their listing for available positions that may be of interest to you.

Entrepreneurial Opportunities
The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program is a project by Western Economic Diversification Canada for Western Canadians who have a disability to access a network of business professionals and resources. The program offers mentoring, one-on-one counselling, business training, access to equipment and loans. Their website has a bulleted list of eligibility requirements.

The Skill Development for Young Entrepreneurs program is designed for Manitoba's young people who have started or want to start a full-time business. Applicants must be between 18 and 29 and are eligible for grants of up to $1500 towards the cost of completing an accredited business-related training course. Financial assistance is also available.

Aboriginal Youth Mean Business is a specialized website of support services for Aboriginal youth to start a business. Website functions include tools for planning, financing and the site also has up-to-date news and events.

Serving Jobs
Serving it Safe is the new name of the "Its Good Business, Responsible Service and Safety Program" for the sale and service of alcohol in Manitoba. If you work in an establishment in Manitoba that serves alcohol, you will be required to be at least 18 years of age and have a Serving it Safe certificate.




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