Post by: Jennifer Schultz, ECO Canada
Green jobs in Canada are getting a boost, with an opportunity for employers to get paid for hiring young professionals through ECO Canada’s International Environmental Youth Corps (IEYC) wage-subsidy program.
Eligible Canadian companies can receive up to $12,000 to host a young professional in a full-time, permanent position related to the environment, such as environmental protection, resource management or sustainability.
- Professionals in the program can build the skills and experience they’ll need for later employment, and
- Environmental companies receive much-needed support to recruit qualified staff.
This is not the first year of the program, which has previously seen tremendous success:
- 90% of 2013 IEYC interns secured full-time jobs after their internship term; and
- 95% of 2013 IEYC hosts felt their intern met or exceeded their expectations.
Key features of the IEYC internship program include:
- Up to $12,000 in individual wage-subsidies available on a first-come, first-served basis
- Young professionals can apply to be pre-approved for funding to assist their job search
- Positions must be full-time and permanent, with a significant environmental and international component to the role
- Employer hosts must be Canadian-owned or a Canadian subsidiary; young professionals must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants
- Young professionals must be 30 years of age or younger and unemployed, underemployed or working outside their field of study