The Alberta government is resurrecting a program that helped employers hire students for summer jobs.

"This is an opportunity to get them into the work force to get job exposure as well as career-related job experience," said Premier Rachel Notley. "It's absolutely fundamental to helping them get on their way."

The Summer Temporary Employment Program or STEP was cut by the previous Progressive Conservative government in March 2013.

The NDP government is allocating $10 million a year to subsidize more than 3,000 student jobs.

The program applies to municipalities, non-profit organizations, school boards and post-secondary institutions. Small businesses can now also access STEP funding.

The program will run from May to August starting next year.