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NB Student Group Says Province Is Taking Wrong Direction With SEED Program – Huddle Today

by ahnationtalk on January 24, 202027 Views

Jan 24, 2020

FREDERICTON – The New Brunswick Student Alliance (NBSA), which represents approximately 12,000 post-secondary students, disagrees with the provincial government’s direction on the Student Employment Experience Development (SEED) program.

Post-secondary, training and labour minister Trevor Holder announced changes to the program this week that would cut the number of placements by approximately 200, and limit the types of employers to First Nations, municipalities, and non-profit groups.

The change also will allow MLAs to recommend 22 placements each in their riding.

“When you look at the change in particular when it comes to the focus on community development, NBSA doesn’t have a problem with that,” says executive director Kjeld Mizpah Conyers-Steede. “However, what we do have an issue with is now MLAs are influencing the decisions in the placement, and most importantly, the decrease in the seats.”

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