"This program is a great opportunity for recent graduates from partner institutions in our community to learn skills that will serve them well in their careers, whether that is here at the university or in the community," said Peter Stoicheff, U of S president.
Participants, 16 in total, will receive on-the-job training in university departments, including Financial Services and Human Resources, and will benefit from professional guidance and mentorship, and develop valuable interpersonal, management and teamwork skills. ACS is designed to develop necessary financial and administrative skills to serve as a stepping-stone to a long-term career at the university.
"They'll learn about institutional policies and procedures, as well as integral business processes," said Cheryl Carver, associate vice-president of human resources.
With respect to the individual and personal growth of participants, Carver continued, "they will also be given guidance and mentorship, and develop valuable interpersonal, management and teamwork skills."
The program, expected to cost the U of S around $50,000 per year with the partner institutions subsidizing wages, is part of the university's commitment to Aboriginal engagement.
"We think that it's important to run a program like this," Stoicheff said. "We would hope that we can build and expand on this."
Zaheed Bardai is a communications specialist with Human Resources.