NS has record number of co-op placements, expands reach with skills development program

July 6, 2021
Nova Scotia saw a record number of participants in university and college co-op placements in 2021, reports CBC. CBC explains that 861 people participated in the program as part of their postsecondary education, which is 100 people more than the previous year. “Employers have really worked hard with us to ensure that we had students employed over the summer in our summer skills program,” said Nancy Hoddinott, a senior executive director with the NS Department of Labour and Advanced Education. “Employers are still eager to bring youth into their workforce, so that’s an encouraging sign.” NS also adapted its skills development program, which offers retraining and back-to-school supports, to accommodate those who normally would not qualify. The program was adapted to be more accessible to people from Indigenous, African Nova Scotian, and minority communities, as well as persons with a disability or new immigrants. CBC (NS)