Government must help engineering students: NDP
NDP Advanced Education and Skills critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) is calling on government to help engineering students needing work term placements.
“This term more than 100 engineering students are having trouble getting a placement for their scheduled work term,” says Kirby. “With more big industrial projects developing in this province than ever before, I hope government would see both the immediate and the long term benefits of helping these young people get invaluable workplace experience.”
Due to changes in the engineering program, says Kirby, there are currently more than the usual number of students looking for a temporary placement this term. It is this change that has caused the shortfall of placements.
Kirby says government has to help deal with this increase in demand for work term placements.
“The goal of the cooperative education program is to give young engineering students practical experience so they will graduate as the highly qualified and knowledgeable professionals we need in this province,” says Kirby. “We are going to need these young people and their expertise. I hope government will see that investing in these short term placements is money well spent.”