Feds giving financial boost to youth internship on P.E.I.

Jim Day
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Intern Aislan Nicholson, 20, of Charlottetown, chats with Workforce and Advanced Learning Minister Richard Brown Friday shortly before a federal funding announcement to fund more than 60 youth inernships in P.E.I.

Charlottetown MP Sean Casey made the announcement in Charlottetown

Youth internship in P.E.I. is getting a $543,500 boost from the federal government.

Charlottetown MP Sean Casey made the announcement Friday at the Atlantic Technology Centre in the capital city on behalf of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains.

The money will fund more than 60 youth internships designed to help develop skills in small business, entrepreneurship and career awareness. The overall focus is on information and communications technologies.

The P.E.I. Supporting Youth in Careers (SYnC) Youth Internship Program unveiled its new Youth Commons Space, which will house 41 of the 60 youth internships.

The space, located in the Atlantic Technology Centre, will house three cohorts of the SYnC youth program: the Hive cultural entrepreneurship program, the Propel Aerospace Program and the IT Garage.

"Today's announcement celebrates SYnC's impressive new Youth Commons Space, which is creating local jobs while imparting valuable skills to today's youth and tomorrow's digital leaders,'' says Casey.

"This is the first time that multiple groups are working alongside one another in a common space, separate from other offices,'' adds P.E.I. Workplace and Advanced Learning Minister Richard Brown.

"We're hoping that this shared space can become a permanent home for a large portion of our youth program.''

Aislan Nicholson, 20, of Charlottetown is in the final month of the SYnC Youth Internship Program.

She says being among eight interns being mentored by Funky Finger Productions Inc., an independent game development studio based in Summerside, has provided valuable experience.

"I think I got a taste of what it's like in the IT industry,'' she says.

Now the graduate of Holland College's two-year video game, arts and animation program is "just looking for work'' in video game development.

Micahael Reeves, 18, of Summerside is also finishing up his internship.

He was lead programmer with the IY Garage, a program that hires recent graduates and students from IT — and business-related fields — who work in teams to develop their own product, be it a video game or a business application.

Although Reeves plans to switch gears towards electrical engineering, the internship has better equipped him for any workplace.

"I learned about team co-ordination and working with others in a work environment,'' he says.

"In every workplace, I'm going to have to work with others and problem solve.''


Organizations: Holland College, Atlantic Technology Centre, IT Garage Funky Finger Productions

Geographic location: Charlottetown, P.E.I., Summerside

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  • Let's hope they are fair to all
    March 06, 2016 - 09:21

    I am very pleased to see this announcement and it's possible benefits BUT who will get these internships or should I say most of them? The youth who were there and observed on the media were from well connected Liberal families,and when it comes to patronage and the use of federal money the Liberal party has some time to make up after being out of power for 10 years .The proposed areas where the money will be spent was very general in nature thus could be diverted to programs that favour party supporters. The party must be made aware that the old way of doing business where there are haves and have nots will be closely monitored. The party may want to be government but they must learn to GOVERN in a fair and equable way that is fair to all.There are families there who have members who have never had to compete for a job,while many deserving young islanders go without or nevere get the chance and it so, it is piecemeal at best.This program must be closely monitored for nepotism .