Applications are now open for Nova Scotia’s 2016 Energy Training Program. Through this program small and medium-sized companies in the energy sector can apply for a wage subsidy to hire post-secondary students and recent graduates. The program provides eligible employers with 50 per cent of a salary, up to $7.50 per hour, during a student’s employment with the company. Work terms run from 12 to 17 weeks between May and August. The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 26. Since 2002, the Energy Training Program has funded about 400 student placements at approximately 100 companies. “The Energy Training Program can support the momentum we’re seeing today in Nova Scotia’s energy sector,” said Energy Minister Michel Samson. “Nova Scotia universities and community colleges are full of smart, talented students, and this program helps connect them with their first job in the energy sector.” This program is part of government’s Make it Here initiative to connect Nova Scotians with government programs for education and training, and entering the workforce. Make it Here also connects employers with programs to support hiring or training new grads and young Nova Scotians. The Make It Here website is at http://makeithere.novascotia.ca/ . The most recent national labour statistics indicate that Nova Scotia made more progress on reducing youth unemployment than any other province in Canada in 2015. For more information on the program visit http://energy.novascotia.ca/industry-development/energy-training-program .