The focus of our Youth Employment Strategy is to give our youth the skills they require to be successful in the workforce. The Chief and Council provide summer employment opportunities to high school, college and university students who are band members of Pabineau First Nation. Students must be 14 years of age or older to be eligible for this program. We typically provide 8 weeks of work per high school student and provide 14 weeks of employment to our local college and university students. We strive to engage them in meaningful work experience within the community and city of Bathurst.
Over the years our community has fostered a positive relationship with the city of Bathurst, where a number of city-managed facilities and local businesses are happy to offer to employ our youth. Pabineau subsidizes the wages and the employers are responsible to provide valuable work experience to our summer students. Students report directly to the employer and the employer updates us on each student’s progress and attendance. Job placements are based on a student’s interest, skill, likes, and dislikes. We try to ensure that students are satisfied with their work environment so that they can get the most out of their summer employment experience. This arrangement is beneficial for the employer, the Pabineau First Nation, and the student.
Summer employment outside of the community provides an opportunity for our youth to experience a variety of challenging work environments and ensures that they get exposed to working in a non-traditional, off-reserve setting. The breadth of employment opportunities is quite limited within Pabineau First Nation and much of the work is seasonal. With this in mind, it is vital that our youth become exposed to work outside of the community, which will better prepare them for when they have completed their education and are seeking employment or wish to develop a long-term career.
The Chief and Council of the Pabineau First Nation have placed our elders and youth as high priorities within our community. As the youth will be our future leaders, we are committed to assisting their efforts to acquire the educational and practical tools needed to become successful leaders. We salute and celebrate the successes of those who endeavor to excel in school, including those in elementary school, middle school, high school, college, and university. It is vital that we give our future leaders access to the tools and training opportunities that will make them great future leaders for Pabineau.