BATHURST (GNB) – The provincial government has contributed $200,000 to the non-profit group Place aux compétences. This will enable the organization to support initiatives promoting an entrepreneurial spirit and the development of skills that will help students in francophone schools achieve their life and career plans, which is one of the key objectives of the education plan Donnons à nos enfants une longueur d’avance (giving our children an edge).

"Your government understands what matters to New Brunswickers, and that is why we are making education and economic growth a priority," said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny. "Through our partnership with the organization Place aux compétences, our young people are initiating, managing, and carrying out projects enabling them to develop skills they will find useful throughout their lives. We are proud of this innovative entrepreneurial approach to education that promotes student engagement in their learning and enables us to move toward the achievement of the objectives of our 10-year education plan.”

The investment is from the Fonds d’appui pour le développement de la culture entrepreneuriale (entrepreneurial culture development fund).

"Provincial government support is important to our organization and to all those who believe schools and the community can join together to help young people develop entrepreneurial skills that will be useful throughout their lives," said Suzanne Gagnon, executive director of Place aux compétences.

Since 2010, the organization has acted as a community support structure for training and funding in the schools. During the 2015-16 school year, almost 11,850 students were directly involved in the planning and implementation of 433 entrepreneurial projects in 92 of the 95 francophone schools in New Brunswick.

These initiatives teach students from kindergarten to Grade 12 how to contribute to the social, economic, and environmental development and improvement of their community and their province.