Developing the Next Generation of Tech Talent
- Is your organization looking for employees with ICT and workplace-ready skills (communication, teamwork and problem solving)?
- Is your organization unfamiliar with the process of hiring an ICT student for a work-term position?
- Is your organization unable to hire work-term students due to a lack of funding?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we are here to provide assistance.
What is the Career Ready Program?
As part of the Government of Canada’s Student Work Integrated Learning Program, we are matching students with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to help them on the path to a bright career.
Current post-secondary students who are studying in the areas of Business Technology Management (BTM), Computer Science, Computer Systems Technology, Computer Engineering or alike programs qualify for the Career Ready program.
We work closely with the work term department staff at the post-secondary institutions to help students and employers bridge the school-to-work transition.
Low Investment/Risk Through Wage Subsidy Program
The program provides up to 50% (to a maximum of $5,000) of a work term student’s pay in wage subsidies to employers. Employers that hire students from underrepresented groups including women in STEM, indigenous students, recent immigrants, persons with disabilities, and first-year students may also qualify for additional funding (up to 70% or $7,000).
Key Benefits for Employers
- Highly motivated and enthusiastic students
- Access to workplace-ready graduates
- Access to fresh ideas and approaches
- Low investment and risk
The National Career Ready Portal
Simple to Use Innovative Employer/Student Matching Technology
The program uses an innovative matching technology to connect employers with students.
Benefits of using the matching technology
Students: Ability to highlight and showcase education, skills, projects, and qualifications
Employers: Quickly create targeted career postings and automatically learn about available candidates matching your needs. You also have the ability to find and send targeted communications.
To be eligible for the program you must meet all of the requirements below. No exceptions to the eligibility requirements will be made.
- Ability to offer a work term placement(s) in a greater number from the previous year.
- Ability to offer a minimum of 12-week work placement
- Ability to offer a position in either a Business Technology Management (BTM), Computer Science, Computer Systems Technology, Computer Engineering or alike type program.
- The work term students cannot be an existing employee OR have any previous working history with the organization. The work term student needs to be net new to the organization.
- Must not be filling a position left vacant due to a dispute, termination, layoff or another occurrence that displaces another worker.
Work Term Student
- Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have refugee status
- Eligible to work in Canada
- Enrolled in a either a coop program or found a placement outside of coop in either a Business Technology Management (BTM), Computer Science, Computer Systems Technology, Computer Engineering or alike area.
- Not currently employed as a paid employee at the host employer
Hourly salary ranges between $15 to $22 depending on the capability of the student.
Note: employers in Ontario may also qualify for the Cooperative Education Tax Credit providing an additional wage subsidy of up to $3,000.
Full time employee (capabilities equal to a 4th year student) in a four month work term
|$20 per hour – 16 weeks||$12,800||$12,800|
Full time employee (capabilities equal to a 2nd or 3rd year student) in a four month work term
|$16 per hour – 16 weeks||$10,240||$10,240|
The post-secondary institution’s work term department acts as a liaison between the student, the employer, and the participating academic departments and provides all the services to ensure an efficient implementation of the work term process. Approximately three months prior to the beginning of a work term, students are invited to apply to job postings. Interviews are then conducted by employers, and successful students are offered jobs based on their interview performance.
The work periods normally last 16 weeks during one of the three semesters:
- January – April
- May – August
- September – December
Employers may post jobs at any time after the placement period commences – Usually in the third week of the semester. Most schools operate under a continuous work term recruitment process
To be eligible the position needs to be a minimum of 12 weeks and fall within a business+technology or information systems technology, computer science or engineering or related area.
Examples include positions that provide students with experience that can put them on the following career paths:
Market Research / Analysis
MIS / IT / Technology Consulting/Business Analyst
Sales / Business Development
Technical support analysis
Computer Systems Technology
Voice Over IP
PC Technical Support
Internet Resource Management
Computer Systems Analyst
Software Applications Developer
Software Systems Developer
Computer Hardware Engineer
If you are unsure about whether a role qualifies contact us.
Ensure your company meets all terms and conditions.
- Complete the Employer Eligibility Assessment and submit it with the necessary documentation outlined in the form
- Have the candidate complete the Participant Information Form
- If you already have a participant in mind, include the participant information in your Employer Application Form. Your posting will be assessed for suitability.
- If you need to fill a position, you can post your job on the Career Ready Job Portal. Your posting will be made available immediately to the co-op departments of your preferred schools.
- If your job posting is approved, students will be able to see your posting and apply for it – either directly to your organization’s job portal or through the Career Ready Job Portal.
- The application process from submission to approval takes approximately 5 to 10 working days
- A formal Learning Plan needs to be submitted before the placement begins but does not have to be submitted with the Employer Application Form
- If your application is accepted, and a match with a student is made, the Employer Placement Agreement needs to be submitted.
- If a student, for any reason, leaves the employment, the employer must immediately provide ITAC Career Ready with a written notice regarding the termination/withdrawal. Wage subsidies are only provided for the period the student worked for the employer.
- ITAC does not assume any legal responsibilities towards applicants or companies seeking wage subsidies.
The eligibility requirements are set by the Government of Canada. No exceptions of the requirements will be made.
This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Student Work-Integrated Learning Program