School Works program enables companies to hire more students

Businesses that hire high school/post-secondary students during the school year can apply for wage subsidies through Columbia Basin Trust.

The School Works program benefited Mike and Lorraine Giesler

Columbia Basin Trust is providing wage subsidies for businesses that hire high school and post-secondary students during the school year. The School Works program offers businesses that use the program subsidies up to $8 per hour for student employment.

“Small businesses, non-profit and First Nations organizations and public bodies in the Basin may apply. Co-op and practicum student positions are also eligible,” said a press release dated Aug. 11.

Lisa Kilpatrick, Columbia Basin Trust Senior Manager, said she is hopeful the program will be a success.

“Through this subsidy, Basin employers will be able to hire first-level apprentices and the apprentices will gain access to local training. If this year works well, we hope to continue to provide this support for apprentices into the future.”

Apprentice programs include construction, heavy duty mechanic and automotive technicians programs.

The program, which intends for the employment to be during a portion or all of the school year, wants to ensure that students gain work experiences in the region, along with education.

Applications to participate in the program as an employer will be available Aug. 13. Applications and more information can be viewed at www.cbt.org/schoolworks2015.

Just Posted

The Free Press editor wins awards

Editor Phil McLachlan has been recognized at the 2018 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards.

UPDATE: New lead narrows the search for Serval cat

UPDATE, July 17: A new lead has narrowed the search for Aquila… Continue reading

East Kootenay Open this weekend

Fernie tennis players are warming up for the biggest tournament east of the Okanagan.

Community spirit shines at centennial

Hundreds have helped mark Fernie Golf Club’s 100th anniversary

SAR rescues injured dog after fall

A rope technician was able to reach the dog after being lowered nearly 90 metres down the cliffs.

Trudeau asks transport minister to tackle Greyhound’s western pullout

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s asked Transport Minister Marc Garneau to find solutions in Greyhound Canada’s absence.

Restaurant Brands International to review policy over poaching employees

One of Canada’s largest fast-food company to review ‘no-poach’ franchise agreements

Calgary family’s vacation ends in tragedy on Texas highway

Three people died and four others were injured in the crash

Union construction cost competitive, B.C. Building Trades say

Non-union firms can bid on infrastructure, but employees have to join international unions

Trudeau to shuffle cabinet ahead of Liberals’ team for 2019

Trudeau could lighten the work loads of cabinet ministers who currently oversee more than one portfolio

Car calls 911 on possible impaired B.C. driver

A luxury car automatically calls Princeton police to scene of crash involving alcohol

BC Games marks 40 years in 2018

Cowichan Games a milestone for BC Games Society

VIDEO: Life’s a beach at this B.C. sand sculpting contest

More than $50,000 was up for grabs at the annual contest held in Parksville

Group urges Canada to help Holocaust denier on trial in Germany

They’re concerned about Canada’s apparent unwillingness to come to the aid of Monika Schaefer

Most Read