The Agricultural Processing Industry Employment Program provides funding for processors to hire post-secondary students over the months of May through August, 2009.
Employers will be reimbursed for one-third of the employee’s salary to a maximum of $500 per month. Employment should provide career-related experience and skill training for the student, and must be full-time for at least four continuous weeks within the program period.”
Qualified employers are owners or operators of a value-added agricultural processing business, or a business that changes the form of an agricultural product post slaughter or post harvest. The business must be located in Alberta, and employers must be eligible for membership in the Alberta Food Processors Association if they produce a food product. Funding is limited this year to one student per business.
Eligibility requirements for students are simple – they must be presently enrolled in a post-secondary institution and must be returning to school in the fall of 2009. Preference will be given to students enrolled in a school in Alberta. Students can not be a direct relative of the employer.
Applications must be submitted jointly by the employer and the student. Matching of employers and students is not done by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The application deadline is April 17, 2009.