CAMPBELLTON (GNB) – More than 2,000 students are working in non-profit, private sector and municipal government jobs this summer with support from the Student Employment Experience Development (SEED) program.

Of the 2,056 people participating, 1,334 are university students, 229 are college students and 493 are students who graduated from high school this year.

“Your government is pleased to support student employment through the SEED program,” said Labour, Employment and Population Growth Minister Gilles LePage. “By giving the students the vouchers for this program, we are empowering them to find jobs in areas that match their interests and skill sets, allowing them to explore what the workforce here in New Brunswick has to offer.”

The majority are employed by non-profits, with 1,329 students working in that sector. Another 532 students are employed in the private sector, and 191 have placements with municipalities. Four students are working with First Nations enterprises.

The SEED program provides students with employment opportunities during their summer break. Most of these placements range from nine to 14 weeks. Participants must be registered to attend a post-secondary institution in the fall. The program provides a wage subsidy to employers to provide experiential learning opportunities for students.