PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Summer Student Employment Program (SSEP) is intended to prepare youth for the labour market, creating quality work experience and providing youth with opportunities to develop and improve their employability skills.

Funding for the Summer Student Employment Program (SSEP) from Métis Employment & Training (MET) is limited and the demand on the program across the province is vast, so applications will be assessed on funding availability and the number of applications received both regional and provincially.

EMPLOYER ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Employers committed to providing quality summer work experience for students.
  • Employers must be able to provide a minimum of 20 hours and a maximum of 37.5 hours of employment per week to the student(s).

RECRUITMENT

All approved summer student positions must be advertised / posted in the community.

APPROVAL INFORMATION

All employer applicants will be contacted after the application deadline and after all applications have been assessed to be advised of funding decision. Approved applicants will receive instructions on activity reporting requirements.

Student eligibility must be verified and confirmed by MET prior to starting employment. Student eligibility is verified by the submission & review of completed intake documentation for each student.

FINANCIAL SUPPORTS

  • High School Students (Provincial Minimum Wage) - $15.30/hr
  • High School Graduates who will be entering Post-Secondary studies in the Fall - $16.30/hr
  • Students attending Post-Secondary studies (College or University) - $17.30/hr

MERCS (Mandatory Employment Related Costs) - Employer share of MERCS to a maximum of 14% of the subsidized hourly wage

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Summer Employment Season: April 8, 2024 - August 30, 2024
  • Application Deadline: March 29, 2024
  • Earliest Start Date: April 8, 2024
  • Latest Start Date: August 5, 2024
  • Latest End Date: August 30, 2024
  • Employment Duration: Minimum of 4 weeks; Maximum of 21 weeks

NEW THIS YEAR

  • Summer Students will be on the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) payroll and be paid directly by MMF on a bi-weekly basis.
    • Employers are encouraged to contribute to the hourly wage by providing a top up to the subsidized wage.
    • Employers who wish to top up the wages will be required to pay the difference directly to the student(s) bi-weekly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Who is my organization eligible to hire in the Summer Student Employment Program?

A: Employers must be committed to providing quality summer work experience for students. Students must be Red River Métis, ages 14+, with proof of Red River Metis Citizenship (MMF Citizenship number). They must have attended school full-time during the current academic year and be returning to school on a full-time basis in the upcoming academic year.

Q2: Are there any age restrictions for students?

A: Students 15 years of age and under must complete the Safe Work Manitoba Young Worker Readiness Certificate course and provide a copy of the certificate before starting work.

Q3: What is the pay scale for students?

A: High School Students (Provincial Minimum Wage) - $15.30/hr, high school graduates who will be entering post-secondary studies in the fall - $16.30/hr, and students attending post-secondary studies (college or university) - $17.30/hr.

The employer share of MERCS (Mandatory Employment Related Costs) up to a maximum of 14% of the subsidized hourly wage will be covered by the MMF.

Q4: If my organization pays a higher wage than what is provided by the MMF, will we receive additional funding?

A: No, additional funding will not be provided. Employers are encouraged to contribute to the hourly wage by providing a top up to the subsidized wage. Employers who wish to top up the wages will be required to pay the difference directly to the student(s) on a bi-weekly basis, ensuring that the student(s) are receiving the top up amount on each pay period

Q5: My organization's work week is more than 37.5 or overtime is a requirement. Will the MMF cover the extra hours?

A: No.The subsidy covers a maximum of 37.5 hours per week. If the employer requires the student to work more than 37.5 hours, they must pay the difference in wages directly to the student(s).

Q6: When does the employment season start and end?

A: The summer employment season starts on April 8, 2024, and ends on August 30, 2024. Employers can choose a start date between these dates, as long as the employment duration is a minimum of 4 weeks and a maximum of 21 weeks.

Q7: Is there any other funding my organization can apply for to cover the costs of the summer student positions?

A: Organizations are welcome to apply for other funding, but they must disclose this in their application and provide details on the funding they have applied for or received.

Don't Delay, Apply Today!

Funding for the Summer Student Employment Program (SSEP) is limited and in high demand across Manitoba.

Contact Us

For further information or to submit your application, please contact the Métis Employment & Training (MET) office in your area:

  • MET Home Office: MET@mmf.mb.ca
  • Interlake MET: INTMET@mmf.mb.ca
  • Southeast MET: SEMET@mmf.mb.ca
  • Southwest MET: SWMET@mmf.mb.ca
  • Northwest MET: NWMET@mmf.mb.ca
  • The Pas MET: TPMET@mmf.mb.ca
  • Thompson MET: THOMET@mmf.mb.ca
  • Winnipeg MET: WpgMET@mmf.mb.ca
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