Build experience, build your network, build your resumé. You could start your career in tech today.
TECHNATION’s Career Ready Program gives businesses an affordable way to scale up their tech talent, while also giving you (the student) meaningful work experience before you graduate. With funding from the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program (SWPP), we provided subsidies for businesses of all sizes, all across Canada, to hire students, like you, in tech roles.
Here’s what we offer for students:
- More job opportunities – we fund your work placement, creating more student positions in the ecosystem for you and your peers.
- More money for you – many employers report being able to increase the hourly student wage with our financial support.
- Competitive advantage – next time you’re in the market for a job, let the interviewers know you’re eligible for a wage subsidy, or put it in your cover letter to stand out!
- Exclusive access to events and training – we run weekly entrepreneurship workshops, and many other interactive events and challenges (hackathons) for our Career Ready students.
Tech touches almost all industries and disciplines. The Career Ready Program has opened eligibility to students outside of STEM programs. That means students studying Arts, Business and other Interdisciplinary areas now qualify.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I eligible for a subsidy?
You can also do your work placement remotely — we have subsidized a number of placements this year that have been remote, and we expect this to be common moving forward.
To be eligible for the Career Ready Program, you must meet the criteria below:
- You must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have refugee status
- You must be eligible to work in Canada
- You must be enrolled in a program at post-secondary level
- You must be pursuing a tech-immersive job (you can still be a student studying Arts, Business, Marketing, etc.).
How much of my wage is covered?
From now until March 31, 2021, you can get up to 75% (or $7,500) of your wage covered. As a COVID-19 measure, funding amounts are higher this year.
We also have a continued focus on subsidizing placements for women in STEM, new Canadians, persons with disabilities, and Indigenous students – if you are a student in one of these under-represented groups, you may qualify for an additional subsidy.
How can I get a tech-based work placement?
We don’t just cover co-op placements. In our summer term, we accept students outside co-op programs for any kind of tech-related work placement.
Our advice is to research places where you would like to work, reach out to those places and ask for a placement (tell them you come with a 50%-75% wage subsidy).
Why should I work in my field before graduating?
When you enter the workforce, you want to have relevant work experience on your resume. We can help with that.
The fastest way to get started in the career you want is to secure at least one relevant work-integrated learning experience while you’re in university or college.