New statistics trace program’s progress
CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI – April 4, 2012 – Jacques Gallant of Summerside, currently studying journalism in Montreal, Que., has just won a $200 Kobo Vox electronic book reader, with seven-inch screen.
His name was drawn at random among those who answered a survey for former participants of PERCÉ, a program that offers PEI postsecondary students paid work placements in their fields of study. Gallant did his internship in 2009 with the French Island weekly newspaper, La Voix Acadienne.
RDÉE Prince Edward Island, which manages the PERCÉ program, had invited participants from 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 to answer a questionnaire to determine the retention rate of young participants and thereby the program’s level of success, explains Christian Gallant, RDÉE development officer in charge of the program.
This survey was actually a follow-up to the one conducted among participants from 2004-2008 a few years ago; it had determined at the time that the retention rate was 80 per cent.
For the present survey, 25 out of the 36 participants from the years in question completed the questionnaire. Of these, 11 are still studying. Seven of these have indicated they wish to return to the Island after they graduate.
WORKING ON PEI
The 14 other young adults are presently working; 12 of them sought employment on the Island. Eight of the 14 are currently working in this province; one found a job elsewhere in Atlantic Canada and five are working in other parts of the country.
Four of the six former participants now working outside PEI have indicated a desire to return to the Island to work if a job becomes available in their field of studies.
Half of the respondents from 2009-2011 were registered in postsecondary programs related to health, sciences and pharmacology. Thirteen percent studied administration or sports administration; nine per cent studied in arts-related fields. The other fields of study, each at four per cent, were social sciences, veterinary medicine, automotive technology, education, engineering, journalism and management.
Twelve of the 25 respondents did their postsecondary studies on PEI while the remaining 13 studied outside of the Island.
These statistics have been submitted to the program’s provincial funders.
For more information:
Development officer responsible for PERCÉ
RDÉE Prince Edward Island