GATINOQC, August 15, 2022 /CNW/ – Today, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, the Honorable Stephen Guilbeau, announced additional support from the Government of Canada to create more than 450 internship opportunities for recent graduates through the Science Horizons Youth Internship Program in partnership with environmental science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) employers Canada. Interns bring creativity, new knowledge, dedication and enthusiasm to their work. This will enable young people to gain valuable experience to actively participate in the workforce.
Until 25,000 dollars in the Science Horizons Youth Internship Program funding is available to employers for wage subsidies and up to 5000 dollars in funding support services, such as skills development, training and access to work, for every trainee they hire. Interns will gain experience working on environmental projects lasting six to twelve months.
Young people aged 15–30 who have graduated from a post-secondary institution are eligible to become trainees under this program. Interested youth can visit the program website to find more information about the Science Horizons Youth Internship Program, as well as how to apply to become an intern with one of the six delivery agents.
This is just one of several governments of Canada initiatives to support young people as they develop new skills and enter the workforce. It complements programs such as the Innovative Work Integrated Learning Initiative, Youth Volunteer Opportunities and the Canadian Service Corps. Environment and Climate Change Canada is also engaging young Canadians to lead the fight against climate change through the new Youth Council on Environment and Climate Change, whose members were announced last week.
“The program is an exciting opportunity for trainees and employers alike. For many of our youth, these internships were their first job after graduation. By supporting young people today, we can help ensure they have the opportunities to gain the experience they need to help build of Canada future workforce as we work to build a net zero future. Our government is ensuring we build a greener tomorrow by creating an economy – and a society – that is stronger, more resilient and more resilient than before.”
– The Honorable Stephen Guilbault, Minister for the Environment and Climate Change
“Investments that support and create new opportunities for young people to successfully transition into the workforce are critical to of Canada future. The Science Horizons Youth Internship Program provides young Canadians with new opportunities to enter the workforce, develop their skills and gain valuable experience. We will always support and invest in of Canada youth.”
– The Honorable Marcy Ian, Minister for Women, Gender Equality and Youth
“The program is mutually beneficial for employers and trainees. I appreciate it because it’s really good for recent graduates to settle into the careers they want. Hands-on experience in your field of work can be really challenging to find, so there’s huge value in this type of program.”
– Helen Baulchassociate professor in University of Saskatchewan School of Environment and Sustainability Past Participating Organization
The Science Horizons Youth Internship Program has been in existence for twenty-five years and has provided over 7,850 internship opportunities in Canada. The Science Horizons Youth Internship Program is organized by independent third party organizations (delivery agents).
Delivery agents are selected through an open call for proposals. Delivery agents for 2022–2023 are BioTalent Canada, Clean Foundation, Colleges and Institutes Canada, ECO Canada, Electricity Human Resources Canada and the United Nations Association in Canada.
Funding is part of a $109.3 million investment under the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy to help young people, including those who may face more complex barriers to employment and who may have been pushed out of the workforce due to the pandemic, gain the skills and experience needed to find and keep quality work.
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