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New P.E.I. training centre will offer food-service skills development for at-risk youth

July 22, 2022  By Bakers Journal


Summerside, P.E.I. – The federal and P.E.I. governments are providing $297,717 to help the organization Connection 2 Employment help at-risk youth enter the workforce through a hospitality training program at the Holland College campus in Summerside.

The government announced a non-repayable contribution of $149,449 through Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s (ACOA) Business Development Program (BDP) to help Connection 2 Employment PEI establish a food services social enterprise for at-risk youth.

The province also provided a grant of $148,268 toward the project.

The funding will help Connection 2 Employment PEI develop a hospitality training program at the Holland College campus in Summerside. The new initiative will offer skills development for at-risk youth in a supportive environment.

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Participants will receive practical on-the-job experience and the local food services industry is expected to see a significant increase in the number of skilled workers in the labour force.

This project will help train over 70 participants in the first year and is expected to grow the following year.


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