NDP helps young apprentices get their START here in Nova Scotia

September 30, 2013

(Halifax, N.S.) Today Premier Darrell Dexter announced the NDP will double the investment in START to give more young apprentices the opportunity to get a good job and put down roots here at home.

“Parents want to know that their kids will have opportunities to get a good job here at home. The START program is working and has already connected 550 young people with jobs here. The NDP will expand START so more young apprentices can gain experience, find a good job and stay in Nova Scotia,” said Dexter.

START was launched in 2012 to help more Nova Scotians find good jobs. The NDP will invest $1.5 million over three years to help match apprentices with jobs. This is similar to the service announced in August for new graduates.

START will provide employers with incentives for wages and training to support the hiring of apprentices.

“Stephen McNeil says he will not use incentives to support jobs and help keep young people here. That’s a real choice for parents of young people to think about on Election Day. As Premier I will keep fighting for good jobs so parents know there are opportunities to help keep their kids here at home. That’s what the NDP has done and that’s what we will continue to do,” said the NDP leader.

“The NDP will continue to fight and compete for jobs. Mr. McNeil has used false advertising to mislead Nova Scotians on our record. The truth is if a business doesn’t create jobs they don’t get funding. It’s simple: no jobs, no money.”

START has already helped more than 550 people — 135 of those in Cape Breton — get jobs and gain the experience they need to find long-term employment in Nova Scotia.

“The choice for parents is the Liberals, who will make Nova Scotia the only province in the country not competing for jobs, or the NDP, who will fight for good jobs so more young people can get work, put down roots and raise a family here at home,” said Dexter.

“I’m asking parents to vote for their NDP candidate on October 8th.”

The NDP will: deliver better health care where and when people need it, fight for good jobs and stronger communities, keep the HST off home energy and take it off more family essentials, give our kids a better start, stand up for seniors, build the Maritime Link and keep the budget balanced to protect services for families.

 Election day is Tuesday, October 8.