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Date: January 22, 2008

Agreement Targets Labour Shortage

BC Ministry of Transportation MEDIA RELEASE

VICTORIA – With B.C.’s unemployment rate at a 30-year low and forecast to remain near four per cent for the next five years, an agreement that could serve as a long-term model to address labour shortages has been signed today by Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon and University of Victoria president Dr. David Turpin.

The agreement commits the Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, and the Integrated Land Management Bureau to work with UVic’s Faculty of Business to provide opportunities to students in a variety of career fields relating to commerce, business administration, and associated fields. The agencies will provide six to 10 opportunities each year to help students gain career experience through co-op work terms and to support student learning through applied consulting projects and by providing mentors.

“This MOU demonstrates how our government is implementing its vision to be an employer of choice,” said Falcon. “B.C. government jobs are exciting, challenging, rewarding and are the perfect fit for UVic business students.”

“This is an excellent model that reinforces our links with the government and creates opportunities for students,” says Turpin. “It formalizes an existing relationship with our business faculty and provides all parties with a strong level of commitment and support from each other.”

“This agreement strengthens our ability to provide students with co-op positions and access to leaders within the public sector to support our executive mentorship program,” said dean of business Dr. Ali Dastmalchian.

The agreement takes effect today and ends March 31, 2011. The B.C. government and UVic hope to expand the pilot project to other faculties and involve other government ministries.

The MOU may be viewed at: www.th.gov.bc.ca/nr/attach/uvic_mou.pdf
Media contacts:
Dianne George (UVic Business Communications) at 250-721-6411 or buscomm@uvic.ca
Jeff Knight (Ministry of Transportation) at 250-356-7707

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