PERCÉ interns getting week of training

CHARLOTTETOWN – June 2, 2021 – The 30 summer post-secondary trainees of RDÉE Prince Edward Island’s PERCÉ program have the opportunity, from May 31 to June 4, to benefit from a full week of training and exploration.

The coordination team and external trainers will deliver several training sessions relevant to the workplace, to job searching, to self-knowledge and to knowledge of the Acadian and francophone communities of the Island:

– First aid with Donna Arsenault from AR’s First Aid;
– Mental health during a pandemic with Josée Gallant-Gordon from Elm Grove Centre;
– “DépasseToi” session delivered by Educalme of Manitoba;
– Insights Discovery session with Dominique Chouinard, representing the Collège de l’Île;
– Resume and job interview workshop with Raymond J. Arsenault from RDÉE PEI;
– Session on the youth conference Ô Chalet of RDÉE Canada;
– Rally on the Acadian and Francophone community of PEI.

This year, some of the sessions (first aid and Insights Discovery) were offered in person while the others were delivered via Zoom.

Since there are several English-speaking participants in the group, the RDÉE divided the group in two so that everyone could receive the training in their own language.

Over the summer months, the trainees will have to work in their field of study with an Island employer for a period of 10 to 12 weeks. The workplaces of most of the youth are now confirmed.

The PERCÉ program is designed to encourage Island post-secondary students who are predominantly studying outside the province to do an internship in their field on the Island in order to encourage them to make a life and career for themselves right here on PEI. The program is an attempt to address the shortage of workers in the province and to circumvent the youth exodus.


PHOTO 1: First aid trainer Donna Arsenault plays the role of the patient, while four of the trainees (from left, Jessica Turbide, Jaylynn Shields, Marissa Profitt and Malcolm Gilman) give her the emergency care they learned during the course.

PHOTO 2 : Our communications officer Raymond J. Arsenault gave a training session on resumés and job interviews to our English-speaking PERCÉ participants Tuesday morning. He’ll give the same session to our francophone participants Thursday morning.