Nova Scotians who want good jobs but need experience are getting the help they need with a new hiring incentive program. Minister of Labour and Advanced Education Marilyn More launched the START program in Bridgewater today, Oct. 26, with workers, apprentices and employers. It connects Nova Scotians looking for work with employers willing to give them the jobs, experience and training they need. “We have hundreds of workers who are ready to take advantage of some of the most exciting opportunities in our province’s history, but don’t have experience,” said Marilyn More. “We need to keep our workers here at home, and Nova Scotia’s employers can help by giving them the experience they need to build a life and career here.” START is a $3.5-million investment in Nova Scotia’s workers that will help young people, recent graduates, apprentices and Nova Scotians who have been out of the workforce get good jobs. START will also provide employers with the information and confidence to hire Nova Scotians from under-represented groups. “In these changing economic times, I am finding it more difficult to find the right employees to fill the good jobs I have to offer,” said Ron Anaka, owner of the Bridgewater Canadian Tire. “It is programs like these that provide employers like myself with the support we need to find the right employees that will help us grow our businesses and become more competitive.” Employers will be offered varied financial incentives to help ease the cost of hiring a new employee, and help cover costs such as training and wages. “This is another step in the right direction to get our workforce ready for the opportunities available today, and will increase as we begin to build the world’s best navy ships,” said Ms. More. “Working together, we can build a competitive workforce that Nova Scotians and their families are proud to be part of.” For more information about the program and how to apply, visit www.business.novascotia.ca .