Digital Skills for Youth
Looking to hire someone 30 and under this year? You might be eligible for funding to subsidize related costs.
Thank you for your interest in the Digital Skills for Youth Program. Due to high demand, the program is currently at capacity. Applications received now will be waitlisted and we will contact you if spots become available.
Company Application and Project and Training Plan each takes up to 15 business days to process. The Employer will be notified of their application status via email shortly after review.
No, applications for retroactive work placements are not eligible. Employers must submit their application before hiring an Intern.
You may hire the Intern after you submit your Company Eligibility and Information form and before you receive approval from Innovate BC; however, grant funding is not guaranteed until Innovate BC receives and reviews all application materials and grants approval.
You may begin the recruitment process; however, the prospective candidate must complete the Intern Confirmation and Application step and the Project and Training Plan in order to have your full application reviewed by Innovate BC. Approval will only be provided once the Intern and Project and Training plan are assessed for eligibility and subject to available funding. Any notification from Innovate BC prior to this point is not considered a guarantee for funding.
You may choose to hire the Intern after your application is submitted and before receiving approval however, grant funding is not guaranteed until approval is granted.
Yes, companies can receive multiple DS4Y grants, from multiple DS4Y providers, over their lifetime. However, an Intern can only participate in the DS4Y program once in their lifetime.
Yes, grant stacking is permitted as long as the combined value of all grant funding does not exceed the Intern’s salary, training expenses and capital costs.
‘Immediate family’ means father, mother, step-father, step-mother, foster parent, brother, sister, spouse or common-law partner, child – including child of common-law partner, step-child, ward, father-in-law, mother-in-law, or any relative permanently residing with the recipient or the Employer.
No, in order to be eligible for the Digital Skills for Youth Program, Interns must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or refugees under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
Yes, we encourage retaining the Intern as an employee past the work placement where possible.
Our intern has been fantastic and we're so happy to have her. Onboarding younger staff in a small company takes time especially while remote. The Innovate BC support is a great incentive for us.
Because our intern did such a great job, we are able to increase client turnover and hire our intern post program.
Bold Media Group Inc.
The intern's work greatly contributed to the growth of the organization and allowed them to develop various digital skills thus enhancing their employability in the digital industries sector.
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