Youth Employment Funding

Electricity Human Resources Canada’s (EHRC’s) 2017 Labour Market Information (LMI) study found that the representation of younger workers (under 25 years) within the electricity sector (5%) is lower than the reported general workforce in 2016 (14%). It is also found that by 2022, the industry will need to recruit 20,578 new employees. In order to meet this demand, it is necessary to draw more young people into the industry.

Empowering Futures

EHRC’s Empowering Futures Program is creating new WIL opportunities in electricity by providing wage subsidies up to $7,500 to employers who create new WIL opportunities. The goal of the program is to help young Canadians make the transition from school to work through collaborative partnerships between the Canadian employers and post-secondary institutions.

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Green Jobs

EHRC’s Green Jobs Program supports companies providing youth (15-30) with green work experience (via internships and on-the-job training) in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) positions or positions relating to the environment and natural resources with subsidies up to $30,000. Placements must be a minimum of six months and ending by March 31, 2021.

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Discovering Potential

EHRC’s Discovering Potential program builds youth potential and helps youth overcome barriers to employment by supporting work placements and training opportunities with a 50% wage subsidy or a 100% training subsidy, or a mix of both, of up to $16,500 per participant. The program aims to equip youth facing barriers to employment with skills and knowledge to enter the electricity sector workforce.

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