4 good reasons to hire a student this summer

Audrey Higgins worked at the Office de tourisme et des congrès de Val d'Or. She's pictured here with Kristel Aubé-Cloutier.

Annie Bourque | Journalist

Having trouble finding the staff you need? With summer coming, there's a solution. 

In many regions of Quebec, the Desjardins Youth Work Experience program helps employers with their summer recruitment. 
The program, the result of a partnership between Desjardins and Carrefour jeunesse emploi (CJE), offers many advantages. 

Here are 4 that businesses looking for employees should know about.

1. Young people who are work-ready 
This summer, hundreds of students aged 14 to 18 will learn a trade or gain new experience. Before plunging into the unknown, the CJE gives them training.
"We make sure the young person understands their role and we prepare them to fit into the business," says Linda Mireault, employment assistance services coordinator at CJE d'Abitibi-Est. 

The CJE supports students throughout the summer. "We make sure the employer and student are working as a team, and we check to see if everything is going well," says Mireault.
The employer gives the CJE employment advisor an assessment at least 3 times. Communication between the 2 parties is important, and helps the student improve or correct certain shortcomings. "We make sure that someone at the company is supervising the student and that they aren't left to fend for themselves."

2. Financial assistance for employers
Businesses receive financial assistance when they hire a student supported by the program. "Desjardins pays half of the student's salary, up to 180 hours. That's 50% of the minimum salary in effect," says Mireault. 

3. Win-win for employers and young people
"It's important to remember that we all got our first jobs because of someone who gave us a chance. Last summer, I was able to give a student that chance," says Kristel Aubé-Cloutier, with the Office de tourisme et des congrès de Val d'Or. 

Over 8 weeks, her young employee Audrey Higgins developed her communication skills. "This will be helpful for me, as I want to study in this field," says Higgins. 
Giving young people this opportunity is a way to get them interested in imagining a future career in their region. For 22 years, the Desjardins Youth Work Experience program has had a huge positive impact. "It's stopped so many young people from leaving the region. They see that they can work at interesting companies close to them," says Mireault. 

For 6 to 8 weeks, these young people work in their community, building connections, talents and skills, along with a sense of belonging to the organization and the region that gave them an opportunity for development. It's a win-win all round.

4. Visibility for available job postings
In terms of visibility, the benefits for companies are tangible. Their summer jobs are posted on the websites and social media of Carrefours jeunesse, which have hundreds of thousands of subscribers. 

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