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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 LETHBRIDGE Tuesday, June 25, 1974 SUMMER DAYS what to do when you are young If you don't want to baby sit, you may have to hustle By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer Despite the eager expressions on the young faces of teen-age job seekers, Manpower's Hire- a-Student employment centre looks like any other Manpower office. The Hire-a-Student placement centre on the top floor of a two-storey brick building on 7th Street S. has the usual Manpower job vacancies posted on the wall, the usual office bustle and the usual flock of unemployed people looking for work. The office is typical, and so are the teen-age students sitting and standing in poses common to workers twice their lender age. The most common pose is dejection. Over 500 summer job applications have poured into Manpower's Hire-a- Student office. The six employment counsellors can't find jobs for all those eager young faces. Regional Hire-a-Student coordinator John Mclnnes says students eager to earn some money during summer holidays had filled his Lethbridge office by a.m. the Monday morning after school let out. He says the employment picture is bright for over the age of 18; Lethbridge Brewery manager Jack students over 16 years, but not so bright for the under- 16 students. A glance at the job postings displayed in the placement office indicates why students may have trouble finding work this summer. Of the 25-odd jobs advertised. 11 are for waiters and waitresses in city bars and restaurants. These jobs pay the minimum wage plus tips (usually a shift) but are not open to most high- school age workers because of the drinking age of 18. Another five postings are for baby-sitting jobs. But baby-sitting isn't very popular because wages average 50 cents an houi. Two more postings are for salesmen to sell door- to-door. Two department stores are looking for management trainees. A delivery man with car is needed to deliver photos. A short order cook and a butcher are required by two businesses. A housekeeper is needed on an area farm. For most teen-age job seekers the job postings aren't too encouraging. But Mr. Mclnnes says his staff will find something for kids to do. Lawns have to be mowed and casual jobs keep coming into Hire-a-Student. First preference, he says, goes to students who have already registered. But good paying summer jobs aren't easy to come by. Mr. Mclnnes said most available jobs are in service businesses, which tend to be low paying. A Herald survey of city companies who do not use Manpower's service confirmed the scarcity of high -paying jobs for students: Arno Fuhlendorf. superintedent for Bendix Home Systems Ltd.. said his firm has hired four or five summer workers, all Lakie said the brewery has hired about 15 students at an hour to work in the plant and tend the gardens. All summer workers are 18 and over because of liquor regulations: Distillery spokesman Tony Kovac said the distillery hires only full-time workers 18 years and older: Rail customer service chief Dave Rossiter said Monday eight to 10 summer workers have been hired, all at least 18 years old: Ferguson of Prebuilt Industries Ltd. said a union agreement restricts summer worker hirings to five per cent of the 340 production and 50 office workers. The always lucrative construction industrv does not have much to offer seasonal workers. There are already 25 men on the waiting list of the Construction and General Workers Union, according to the union. And before any student wanting to work on construction can get on the waiting list, he must pay out union initation and dues. So far this summer the local union has placed about 55 students, both high school and university, on construction projects like the Woodwards development. Sportsplex and Henderson Lake stadium. A construction workers spokesman said that construction companies have not hired on the number of men anticipated by the union. The union spokesman said that the new Lethbridge Research Station will give jobs to some of the 25 workers on the union's waiting list. Meanwhile, students who don't want to sell door to door, wait on tables or baby-sit will have to hustle for their extra money this summer. Two sisters learn about life and people at Coaldale By MICHAEL ROGERS Herald Staff Writer It's hot. the work is menial and the pay is low so how can someone enjoy a job that sounds like that? Seven young people from 16 to 19 years old in Coaldale are working on an Opportunities For Youth project, each earning about a week. Not a lot in contemporary monetary terms perhaps, but the reward in personal satisfaction is high. They are filling a definite need. The project is called Young People and Senior Citizens Working Together, and the work consists of doing home and property maintenance for senior citizens of Coaldale. There are lawns to be cut. hedges trimmed, fences to be painted, windows washed, back alleys to be cleaned up and gardens to be weeded. Application for the project was made in February and actual work began May 21 and will finish August 30. At first, two sisters. Marvel. 17. and Roberta Harrison. 19. were the only two working. Now that exams are over and school is out they have been joined by Norm Vaselenak. 19: Paula Gregorash. 18: Delynn Harrison. 16. another sister: Cathy Howath. 17. and Dave Teshima. 18. all of Coaldale. Those seven young people have their summer work cut out for them. too. There are about 500 senior citizens living in Coaldale and each one of them could probably use help of one kind or another. All that for a week, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. but as Marvel Harrison put it, "there's a real need for it. There are senior citizens who can no longer do many of the jobs that have to be done." "It's nice to be outside and doing this kind of work." she said, "You meet people you see on the street but never talk to. In many cases jhe old folks arc out in the vard with us ;