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From Idea, to Action, to Future Ready: New Brunswick’s New Provincial Experiential Learning Initiative

Thanks to a partnership between New Brunswick employers, public universities, and the provincial government, New Brunswick students have the opportunity to pursue off-campus work and learning experiences prior to graduation, while employers are supported in finding and recruiting qualified employees.

FutureReadyNB aims to help university students become job-ready and support the local labour force demands and economic growth.

“Giving New Brunswick students the skills and opportunities they need to thrive is a team effort,” said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder. “We are thrilled to work with private sector and non-profit leaders, along with New Brunswick’s outstanding publicly funded universities, to create a collaborative initiative that will help students, businesses and not-for-profit organizations.”

Undergraduate students are eligible to receive funding and co-ordination support to develop the skills and opportunities they need through New Brunswick-based job experiences. Through FutureReadyNB, local employers can nurture and strengthen connections with future employees.

“FutureReadyNB is a fantastic opportunity for employers across the province to connect with eager, talented university students,” said Thomas Raffy, CEO of the Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick.

“This initiative is a conduit for finding and nurturing our province’s future employees,” said Adrienne O’Pray, CEO of the New Brunswick Business Council. “It helps develop the skills of the student and augments in-class learning, and goes a long way toward growing our workforce and strengthening our economy.”

All undergraduate students of New Brunswick’s four publicly funded universities are eligible to participate. The learning experiences must be with New Brunswick-based employers and co-ordinated through campus-based experiential learning offices throughout the academic year. Each of the four universities; St. Thomas University, the University of New Brunswick, Université de Moncton and Mount Allison University, have experiential education co-ordinators who will match students and employers.

“This initiative has the power to really help students see and plan a future for themselves in New Brunswick,” said Emily Blue, executive director of the New Brunswick Student Alliance. “Through FutureReadyNB, university students will have the chance to make connections within the business, not-for-profit, and public sectors giving them the skills and experience needed to land great jobs here in New Brunswick.”

To learn more and see a few of FutureReadyNB successes to date, please visit www.futurereadynb.ca

News Date: May 15, 2019