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Province to employ youth for summer flood cleanup

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Manitoba will provide summer jobs for up to 500 students and youth to help with flood protection this summer.

Premier Greg Selinger said the Youth Flood Teams program will cost $3.2 million.

"We recognize that flood-affected communities need workers to assist with ongoing flood protection, recovery and cleanup work," Selinger said in a release.

"Youth flood teams will provide communities with quick access to fully subsidized young workers to support their existing flood-protection efforts."

Selinger said the program will encourage municipalities to partner with local youth groups and organizations, such as 4-H and cadets, to identify potential employees, particularly those who have volunteered in flood-related work.

Other employees will be drawn from the existing student employment placement service (STEP Services) database of more than 8,000 students and youths.

High-school students, post-secondary students and unemployed persons aged 16 to 29 are eligible.

The program will focus on communities most affected by flooding. Each of the affected communities will be eligible for up to 15 fully subsidized employees for a 12-week term, starting June 13 and ending Sept. 2.

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 4, 2011 A7

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