Digital Skills for Youth

Get up to $25,500 for digital skills training to hire and train young professionals​.

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.
 
Interested in finding another hiring grant program? Innovate BC will soon launch an expanded Innovator Skills Initiative (ISI) program. The Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation is investing $15 million in expanding the ISI program, to be more accessible and inclusive. If you’re interested in learning more when the opportunity opens, please sign up here.

About the Program

You can get:

  • One grant for salary costs of up to $25,500, 
  • One grant for training of up to $4,000,
  • One grant for capital/direct costs, including small repairs or renovations to support the participation of youth facing barriers, up to a maximum of $5,000. 

We require proof of payment to reimburse funds. All amounts are paid retroactively.   

DS4Y

Business Eligibility

  • A B.C. based company or non-profit, 
  • Have less than 500 employees,  
  • Must provide internal mentorship to support the hire’s tech role. 

Intern Eligibility

  • Must be between 15-30 years old, 
  • Be a post-secondary graduate,
  • Be hired between April 1, 2021 and December 1, 2021, 
  • Be working in a technology related position or supporting digital work,
  • Not be in receipt of EI during the course of the work placement, 
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada as a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person who has been granted refugee status, 
  • Not be an immediate family member of the recipient or employer,  
  • Reside, physically work in B.C., or have plans to return to BC, 
  • Self-assess as underemployed, meaning they are employed below their level of education and/or hold part-time employment, or are unemployed,  
  • Not have completed a DS4Y work placement in their lifetime, and,
  • Cannot be a university or college co-op student or intern. 

Applications with Interns who self-identify as Indigenous peoples, official languages minorities, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and women will be given special consideration. 

DS4Y

Key Dates

  • Application deadline is December 31, 2021 
  • Earliest hire date is April 1, 2021 
  • Latest hire date is December 1, 2021 
  • Latest work placement end date is March 31, 2022 

Steps to Apply

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.
 
Interested in finding another hiring grant program? Innovate BC will soon launch an expanded Innovator Skills Initiative (ISI) program. The Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation is investing $15 million in expanding the ISI program, to be more accessible and inclusive. If you’re interested in learning more when the opportunity opens, please sign up here.

Tell me more about Digital Skills For Youth 

You might have hired a young professional or are looking to hire one, you can benefit from subsidized salary costs and help build our talent pool.  

The program will:  

  • Match underemployed young professionals/youth with SMBs and not-for-profits in digital related roles, 
  • Provide digital skills training so youth can successfully transition to the workforce,  
  • Increase employability and marketability of youth.  
  • The Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) program, funded by the Government of Canada, and delivered by Innovate BC, provides up to $25,500 so youth (aged 15-30) can successfully transition to the workforce.   
  • The program helps to increase the employability and marketability of youth in British Columbia, as well as match underemployed youth with B.C. SMEs and non-profits in all regions of the province.  

Program Guidelines

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Current Opportunities

SEPTEMBER 14, 2021

Social Media Specialist

Liddleworks Indie Media
Remote
$22 - $28 / hr dependent on experience and quality of work.

Liddleworks is a boutique agency offering customized solutions to enhance our clients’ online reputation and growth. We are seeking a full-time Social Media Specialist who is digital and marketing savvy, outgoing, creative, and passionate about helping clients achieve their dreams using the power of an online presence.

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AUGUST 23, 2021

IDS Internet Dispatch Services Internship

Reliable Electrical Contracting Ltd.
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$3600 / month - 4 month contract with possibility of extension

IDS has been providing Courier and Delivery Software since 2006. Our cloud-based system can be found in the Australian Outback, the Canadian Tundra and the busy streets of Chicago. We are seeking an internet dispatch services intern on a 4 month contract to assist with the following: software support,  quality assurance testing and automation, report writing and software development. 

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AUGUST 21, 2021

Web Application Developer (Internship)

easyREG
Remote
$25/hr - 6 month contract

easyREG is specializing in providing educators in the public K-12 schools with an online conference management system. We have an internship opportunity for a recent post-secondary graduate who is currently underemployed and is interested to learn more about technology. In this role you will develop and maintain web applications, use issue and project tracking tools like Atlassian Jira, use Github to submit changes to our repositories, help with the creation of automated functional tests, and provide client support when necessary.

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AUGUST 17, 2021

Marketing Internship

Messen Furniture
Lake Country, BC
Remote
$51,000 / year - 6 month contract

Our tech-based custom furniture start-up is excited to recruit a driven, creative and risk-tolerant candidate to assist us with our digital marketing. You can check us out at messenfurniture.com. The position is 100% remote with flexible working hours. Although initially an internship, it is hoped there will be an opportunity for the successful candidate to continue with the company. 

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JUNE 28, 2021

.Net Developer (Must Live in BC)

Reliable Electrical Contracting Ltd.
North Vancouver, BC
Remote
$76,500 a year - Temporary, Contract

We are Reliable Electric, a small electrical contractor with about 35 employees that focuses on high quality custom residential and commercial work. We are hiring a full stack .NET C# developer for a temporary contract of 3-4 months. Candidate must be familiar and have experience using Blazor, .NET and SQL Server.

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AUGUST 5, 2021

Digital Marketing Specialist (Internship)

Crankworx Events, Inc.

The Digital Marketing Specialist (intern) will work alongside the Director of Marketing and Communications on marketing, social media, and content management projects and goals. At the end of the internship, the Digital Marketing Specialist will have the following projects to add to their portfolio: social media blocking chart per festival, data collection reporting for all digital marketing for each festival  and newsletters.

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JUNE 28, 2021

.Net Developer (Must Live in BC)

Reliable Electrical Contracting Ltd.
North Vancouver, BC
Remote
$76,500 a year - Temporary, Contract

We are Reliable Electric, a small electrical contractor with about 35 employees that focuses on high quality custom residential and commercial work. We are hiring a full stack .NET C# developer for a temporary contract of 3-4 months. Candidate must be familiar and have experience using Blazor, .NET and SQL Server.

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FAQ

"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."
PATIOInteractive

Charles Bern
PATIO Interactive

"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.

Kim Wilson
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."
Engaged-Communities

Upkar Tatlay
Engaged Communities Canada Society

"It was a significant help to have the financial as well as mentorship support to find and develop our talent within the team."
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Samin Saadat
Jalapeno Employee Engagement

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