1.1 This DND/CF supported program is designed to provide work experience and career opportunities to Canadian students dependants. This program is to provide meaningful work assignments in order to project a positive image of DND/CF and assist students in the development of their employable skills. Students employed in the program will be provided guidance and supervision throughout their assignment as well as an assessment of their progress at the end of their work term.
2.1 Although the program will normally run from 01 May until the beginning of the fall semester, it is recognized that many student education programs operate on semester systems where the major break may be other than during the summer months. Arrangements can be made for work at other times during the year. However, this must be identified to the RCPO (E) when responding to the call letter to ensure that sufficient funding is reserved.
2.2 The number of hours that students will be employed will be decided at the winter SCO conference. Although there is no guarantee of employment or length of period of employment for any student, employment is normally for a 4-8 week period. The number of hours will differ for secondary and post-secondary students.
3.1 The STEP local coordinator in each community is responsible for coordinating the student hiring process under the guidance of the RCPO (E). Coordination includes the collection and verification of student applications; seeking of job placement opportunities from the local community and monitoring the job placements.
3.2 Students may be employed in publicly and non-publically funded office environment, outdoor work, warehouse areas, summer youth programs or other suitable community oriented employment. The type of work opportunities offered are determined locally, must be for non-commercial/non-profit organizations, and may include placement in another nation’s facilities that benefit the local Canadian community.
4.1 Dependents of CF or of civilian component members, under the NATO SOFA agreement, who will be in full time attendance at a secondary or post-secondary institution or who are enrolled full time in a recognized long distance learning/correspondence program and who are part of the CF European Fund community are eligible to apply. Students must be at least 16 years of age when they begin their employment and can only work until their 24th birthday. Priority for consideration will be given to post-secondary students abroad.
4.2 It should be noted that in some locations, pre-requisite courses/training might be required prior to employment. Students should contact the local coordinator at their location to obtain further information.
5.1 Each location will determine whether a student requires a security clearance/reliability check for their employment. All students working on DWAN computers require a minimum clearance of Enhanced Reliability. In addition, security clearances may be required for entry to certain buildings or areas. The final decision about any security clearance requirements rests with the employing supervisor, and must be indicated in advance on the job requirement forms.
6.1 Overall administration of the program will be by Mrs. Emiline Graham in the RCPO (E) at CFSU (E) Niederheid. Mrs. Graham can be reached by phone at +49-(0) 2451-717219. In addition, each location will have a local student co-ordinator, to whom students should direct their questions and concerns.
6.2 Co-ordinators’ questions related to policy should be directed to the RCPO, Ms. Tara MacLeod at +49-(0) 2451-717166.
Supervisors are required to:
Failure to follow these responsibilities could lead to loss of a student employee placement next year