Prince Albert chamber of commerce turns focus to youth education

August 13, 2014

Prince Albert, Saskatchewan’s Chamber of Commerce is launching a new initiative to further its support of youth education in the area. The Prince Albert Industry Education Council (PAIEC), modelled after a similar successful program in Saskatoon, is in early stages, but organizers hope to connect industry and business representatives with educators in order to provide career information and opportunities to youth at a younger age. “The critical purpose is to engage with the students and the kids and get them thinking about careers at a much earlier age so that whatever career they pursue, they’re doing so … more informed,” the Chamber CEO Merle Lacert said. The PAIEC would help connect students with information sessions and presentations on different industries and careers, as well as mentorships, internships, or co-op placements. The Chamber is also a supporter of the Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program (AYEP), founded by former prime minister Paul Martin, which introduces Aboriginal youth to entrepreneurship. Triangle News