Announced in the 2016 federal budget, the Government of Canada’s Student Work-Integrated Learning Program (SWILP) brings industry stakeholders together to create new work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities for students to be better positioned to secure employment in their field of study.
Empowering Futures is the new WIL Program for Canada’s electricity sector. Led by Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC), Empowering Futures will create up to 1000 new WIL opportunities in electricity over three years. Wage subsidies up to $7,000 will be available to employers who create new WIL opportunities such as co-ops, internships, field placements, applied projects, capstone projects or case competitions.
EHRC is proposing to strengthen research, development and innovation partnerships between Canadian employers, government, industry associations and post-secondary institutions to ensure that the curricula being delivered aligns with the needs of the sector.
The goal of the program is to help young Canadians make the transition from school to work through collaborative partnerships between the business community and post-secondary institutions, providing new entrants with practical skills and promoting practice-based learning opportunities for students through subsidized work integrated learning opportunities.
An Advisory Committee of committed stakeholders will be established to advise, guide, participate in, and assess project activities/outcomes; validate findings; assist with stakeholder engagement and communications and determine how the findings can be used to facilitate increased participation by employers and educational institutions across Canada.
Electricity Human Resource Canada has long advocated for the need for closer ties and joint action by employers, trainers, unions and governments in order to expand the breadth and depth of the skilled workforce. Developing a skilled and diverse supply pool requires collective action to attract, train and employ the needed workforce. Working together, the electricity industry can make long term investments in human resources that parallel the investments in systems to deploy new capacity and upgrade infrastructure.
The program’s co-op wage subsidies help minimize the financial barrier, by covering the cost of a co-op student’s salary by up to 50% to a maximum of $5,000 and up to 70% to a maximum of $7,000 for students studying in fields related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or business as well as under-represented groups including:
Collective actions to invest and promote this workforce will benefit Canada overall as well, adding skills and new thinking to communities nationwide, making Canada a more attractive place for potential immigrants, giving workers more career options, adding depth and applied industry interaction to our post- secondary institutions, and potentially spawning incremental innovations as training is applied.
To qualify for the program, the company must be Canadian owned or a Canadian subsidiary and are part of the economic sector represented by:
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