Series of promotional videos launched to help recruit employers for PERCÉ internships

Bonus: Video of RDÉE Canada’s national youth working group

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI – Feb. 1, 2019 –
“To mark the 15th anniversary of its successful PERCÉ postsecondary internship program, RDÉE Prince Edward Island is launching a series of three short promotional videos to encourage Island employers to hire interns during the 16th edition of the program in the summer of 2019,” says Stéphane Blanchard, the organization’s youth development officer.

The first entrepreneurial video – featuring Trout River Industries in Coleman – is being launched today. In it, accountant Annie Maynard explains in French the work that the company does and gives a testimonial about the advantages of hosting a PERCÉ intern, both for the business and for the university or college student. A second version of the same video offers English subtitles.

In early April, once the recruiting of 30 interns for the summer of 2019 is completed, efforts will be made to find each of them a place to work in their field of studies. That’s when a second employer recruiting video will be launched. This one will feature the seniors’ care facility operated by La Coopérative Le Chez-nous in Wellington. Executive director Edgar Arsenault will discuss how PERCÉ interns contributed to the life of the home’s residents. An English subtitled version will also be launched at the same time.

The final entrepreneurial video, on The Bottle Houses in Cape Egmont, will be filmed and launched this summer when the tourist attraction’s flower gardens are in full bloom. This time, two videos will be filmed: one in French and one in English; both will again speak about the value of hosting interns.


As this video project was being developed, the RDÉE took advantage of the presence of RDÉE Canada’s national Working Group on Youth Economic Issues, in Charlottetown last fall, to film a fourth video, specifically on the work and mission of this national committee.

“In this video, you’ll be able to meet youth development officers from all over the country who are explaining how the national working group supports their endeavors, gives them a forum to exchange best practices and offers them an opportunity to work together on regional and national initiatives,” said Jean-Guy Bigeau, president-executive director of RDÉE Canada.

RDÉE PEI retained the services of videographer Jean Lavergne of Summerside to produce the series. He will be able to integrate, into three of the four videos, footage of the working group members when they visited some of these businesses last fall.

The two first videos – on Trout River and the Working Group – can be watched at and on social media.

A similar series of videos had been produced a few years ago to help recruit interns. Organizers figured it would also be a good idea to produce a new series geared specifically to help recruit host employers.

The new series of videos was made possible through a close collaboration with RDÉE Canada as well as with funding from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the Department of Workforce and Advanced Studies.



CUTLINE: Stéphane Blanchard, left, the youth development officer with RDÉE Prince Edward Island who supervises the PERCÉ internship program, officially launched the first video of a three-clip series designed to help recruit employers. Here, he checks out the testimonial video featuring Trout River Industries with videographer Jean Lavergne of Summerside, who produced the series.



For more information:

Stéphane Blanchard
Youth Development Officer
RDÉE Prince Edward Island
902-370-7333, Ext. 402
Charlotte Lauzon
Communications advisor
RDÉE Canada
613-244-7308, Ext. 201