July 20, 2022 – RDÉE PEI: A record of 35 Island post-secondary students, studying primarily in out-of-province institutions, are benefiting from a 10 to 12-week internship in their field of study in PEI this summer, thanks to the 19th annual edition of RDÉE PEI’s PERCÉ program.
“This great work experience will undoubtedly give them a significant advantage over other candidates when it comes time to find permanent employment after their studies,” says Alecia Arsenault, this year’s PERCÉ coordinator.
“We spend a lot of time and energy matching youth with relevant employers who will give them the opportunity to get hands-on work experience, gain new knowledge and practical skills and meet other key people in their industry.
“We are investing all of this effort since we hope that the vast majority of these young people will one day return to the Island permanently to make a life and career here,” she adds.
The program was created specifically to address PEI’s labour shortage and to reverse the crisis of the brain drain of young Islanders to larger Canadian centers. Fortunately, the program has a repatriation rate of over 80%.
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