Minister Chagger Announces Work Integrated Learning Funding for Tech & Business Students/SME’s

The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, today announced funding to the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) aspart of the Government of Canada’s Student Work Integrated Learning Program to support matching business and technology students with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The Career Ready program will match current post-secondary students who are studying in the areas of Business Technology Management (BTM), Computer Science, Computer Systems Technology, Computer Engineering or alike programs with SME’s across Canada over the next five years.

Career Ready was announced at a launch event at D2L in Kitchener, hosting students from secondary educational institutions and business and education leaders. The Career Ready program is using the innovative Magnet Today matching technology platform, a technology that was developed and incubated at Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone.

The program provides up to 50% (to a maximum of $5,000) of a work term student’s pay in wage subsidies to employers. Employers that hire students from underrepresented groups including women in STEM, indigenous students, recent immigrants, persons with disabilities, and first-year students may also qualify for additional funding (up to 70% or $7,000).

ITAC works closely with the work term department staff at the post-secondary institutions to help students and employers bridge the school-to-work transition and have formed a consortium in Ontario with Ryerson University, Seneca College, Centennial College and Sheridan College. Further consortium partners will be pursued in 2018. The Career Ready program will also be launched in British Columbia, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in 2018.



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