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Program pays environmental employers up to $12,000 to host an intern

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Internship program boosts green careers in Canada

Program pays environmental employers up to $12,000 to host an intern

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE from ECO Canada
June 14, 2013

CALGARY, CANADA — Environmental work in Canada is getting a boost this summer, with an opportunity for employers to get paid for hiring new graduates through ECO Canada’s International
Environmental Youth Corps (IEYC) program.

The IEYC program offers wage-subsidies to help environmental employers tap into the new graduate talent pool. Eligible Canadian companies can receive up to $12,000 to host an intern in a full-time,
environment-related position.

With youth unemployment rates at an all-time high and strong pending skills shortages in the environmental sector, the IEYC internship program offers a win-win solution for new graduates and
employers alike. Post-secondary graduates in the program can build the skills and experience they’ll need for later employment, while 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 for new graduates and hiring firms: 94% of 2012 IEYC interns secured full-time jobs after their internship term and 97% of 2012 IEYC employers 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
  • Post-secondary graduates can apply to be pre-approved for funding to assist their job search
  • Internship positions must be full-time, 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

For more information about the program, please visit: http://www.eco.ca/hr-services/wage-subsidyinternships/.




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