Program pays environmental employers up to $12,000 to host a young professional
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 9, 2014
CALGARY, CANADA — Environmental work in Canada is getting new support, 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.
With the high current rate of youth unemployment and strong skill shortages in the environmental sector, the IEYC program offers a win-win solution for unemployed or underemployed young professionals and employers.
The program has a strong history of success: 90.5 per cent of 2013 IEYC interns secured full-time jobs after their internship term and 95 percent of 2013 IEYC hosts reported that their intern met or exceeded their expectations.
Key features of the IEYC wage-subsidy 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
- Internship 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; Interns must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants
- Interns must be 30 years of age or younger and unemployed, underemployed or working outside their field of study
Funding is limited, so employers must apply early to qualify for the full wage subsidy.
About ECO Canada:
ECO Canada trains and certifies environmental professionals. We maintain Canada’s premier online job board and training academy for environmental careers and set the standards for environmental professionals (EPs). All ECO Canada services are responsive to industry demand with insight from ongoing labour market research. Find out more at www.eco.ca.
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