Apply as an Employer for Digital Skills for Youth by Sept 1

The University of Calgary is one of several delivery organizations to offer Digital Skills for Youth across the country.

Digital Skills for Youth is an initiative of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. It is part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy and aligns with the government’s Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year plan to make Canada a world leader in innovation and create well-paying middle-class jobs.

Continuing Education and Career Services are collaborating to deliver a unique online program for eligible participants across the Prairie Provinces. Students will be able to choose from nine different pathways of unique course combinations that meet the program requirements, all of which are available online. Continuing Education will also support the training aspect of the program, whereas Career Services will be responsible for recruiting employers and coordinating the internships. The program is open to:

Recent Post-secondary Graduates

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 15-30 years of age at the start of the internship

  • Recently completed a diploma or degree (within two-years prior to start of the internship) NOTE: Students currently pursuing post-secondary studies will not be eligible.

  • Legally entitled to work in Canada, for the duration of the internship

  • Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Refugee (NOTE: Students on post-graduation work permits are not eligible)

  • Not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI)

  • Self-assess as underemployed, either employed below their level of education and/or hold part-time employment

Profit or Non-profit Organizations

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Qualified employers with less than 100 employees are eligible to receive a 50% wage subsidy up to $10,500 to support interns in the DS4Y Program

Program Highlights

  • 50% wage subsidy available to all qualifying employers up to $10,500

  • 130 internships are available with 65 in each of year one and year two

  • Online learning available to Interns across the Prairie Provinces for DS4Y Learning Pathways. Classroom learning option is also available in Calgary.

  • Online career development program with training on resume & cover letter writing as well as interview preparation for all participants.

  • 130 internships are available with 65 in each of year one and year two

Student Applications (CLOSED)

Start Date for Courses: September 17th & 24th. Applications for the 2018-19 intake is now CLOSED.
Internships Begin: November 1st, 2018 onwards.

Employer Application Deadline: 1st September, 2019


Published January 8, 2019