CBT offers $8/hour subsidy to hire students

Businesses and organizations around the Basin being offered the opportunity to apply for an $8/hour wage subsidy to hire students through Columbia Basin Trust’s School Works program.
A statement from the CBT says its program encourages employers to provide part-time employment to full-time high school and post-secondary students for a portion or all of the school year. It also helps ensure students gain work experience in the region.
Small businesses, non-profit and First Nations organizations and public bodies in the Basin may apply. Co-op and practicum student positions are also eligible.
For the first time, the program will also provide an $8/hour wage subsidy for first-level apprenticeship positions in the construction electrician, carpentry, heavy duty mechanic and automotive service technician programs.
“Through this subsidy, Basin employers will be able hire first-level apprentices and the apprentices will gain access to local training,” Lisa Kilpatrick, the CBT’s senior manager for the Delivery of Benefits, said in the statement. ”If this year works well, we hope to continue to provide this support for apprentices into the future.”
For more information on School Works and to download the application form, visit cbt.org/schoolworks2015, email schoolworks@cbt.org or call 1-877-489-2687 ext. 3584. Applications will be available on August 13.
Columbia Basin Trust supports efforts to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust’s programs and initiatives, visit cbt.org or call 1-800-505-8998.