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CBT offers wage subsidies to hire a student this summer

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By CBT
February 12th, 2014

If you own a small business in the Basin, you can get financial help to hire a student over the summer by applying for a wage subsidy from Columbia Basin Trust’s Summer Works Program. Application forms are available starting February 21, 2014, at cbt.org/summerworks. Because the program is popular, you’re encouraged to submit your application form as soon as possible.

Rossland’s The Red Pair Shoe Store was one of the businesses that benefited from the program last year.

“The Summer Works program is fantastic,” said owner Stephanie Robinson. “I can hire a student who needs to work during the summer months, and I can afford to give her those hours. I would be one burnt-out person without this program.”

Summer Works also helped The Red Pair Shoe Store’s summer student, Jenessa Turner: “I was so thankful that my employer offered me this employment under the Summer Works Program. It gave me the opportunity to work more hours, and thus be able to pay for my schooling next year. Without the program, I would not have been able to work as many hours and learn as many retail skills as I did.”

To help businesses offer summer jobs to high school and post-secondary students, the program provides a wage subsidy of up to $8 per hour for entry-level or career related positions. Since 2010, Summer Works has helped create up to 150 student jobs each summer in the Columbia Basin. 

“Businesses benefit from the extra staff support and students earn money for school plus get valuable job experience – it’s positive for everyone involved,” said Sabrina Curtis, Director, Sector Initiatives at Columbia Basin Trust.

College of the Rockies administers the Summer Works Program. “Delivering this program for the Trust is an excellent way for us to help students throughout the Basin, plus affect the development of local economies,” said Tracey Whiting, Manager, Continuing Education and Contract Training, College of the Rockies.

For more information about the program, visit cbt.org/summerworks, email summerworks@cbt.orgor call 1.877.489.2687, ext. 3644.

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