By Marianne Curtis
A month and a half after opening its doors, students on the west side of the region have been checking out the employment offerings at the Niverville Youth Employment Centre.
The program is sponsored by Manitoba Education and Citizenship and Youth, and is in partnership with the Niverville Town Office. This summer Katelyn Goertzen is running the program which is designed to help students and youth aged 12 to 29 with their employment needs, as well as assisting employers fill vacant positions.
“Quite a few kids coming through, we’ve help some barbeques and carwash and we are looking for new odd job events that haven’t been done before such as a kids carnival but that is still in the planning stages,” stated Goertzen. “Based on previous stats it has been an average year.”
On average, about 75 students use the service each summer, and many continued their jobs into the following year. As well, each year, at least 50 employers are looking to fill numerous positions, including waitresses, cashiers, child caretakers, and mechanics.
“We are still inviting students and perspective employers to contact us,” added Goertzen.
The MYJC also runs the Odd Job Squad which hosts summer events such as barbeques, strawberry picks, perogy sales, labour lotteries and car washes are held by the youth with the office manager’s supervision. This gives youth under the age of 16 a chance to make money and gain work experience.
TheNivervilleManitobaYouthJobCenteroffers services to the communities of Glenlea, Grande Pointe, Ile-des-Chenes, Landmark, Lorette, New Bothwell, Niverville, and St. Adolphe.
The Manitoba Youth Job Center in Niverville operates out of the Town of Niverville office and is open daily from 9-5 and is be open for business until August 10. Students or employers can contact Katelyn Goertzen at 388-6793.