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Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) is a program funded by the Government of Canada which aims to help underemployed youth enhance and develop their digital and soft skills. The program combines valuable work experience with digital skills training, allowing participating youth to advance their digital skills and secure their success in the digital economy.
DS4Y benefits participating employers by increasing the supply of highly qualified young people with a focus on knowledge economy related skills. It builds employers’ overall capacity in digital domains and advances their own digitally-focused projects and activities.
Examples of digital skills to be developed through these internships include: software/app development, web development, 3D fabrication or modelling, video game design, network systems administration, adaptive technologies, web-based learning, physical computing, VR/AR/XR, immersive technologies, video mapping, video on demand, metadata/discoverability, database optimization, machine learning, interactive technology, etc.
To apply to host an internship, you must be a Canadian small or medium business or a non-profit organization with no more than 500 employees. You must have the capacity to host internships, including providing training and support to the intern, administering project funds, reporting on the internship and fulfilling all other obligations under the program. You can apply to offer more than one internship, however funds are limited and employers are typically awarded between 1-2 internships.
Providing youth interns with the necessary equipment, workspace, workplace-related training and mentoring in order to enhance and maximize the internship experience;
Supporting youth interns in the development and implementation of work activities to provide participants with meaningful work experience and enhance their employability.
Employment and training must develop and enhance skills in digital domains, for example: software/app development, web development, 3D fabrication or modelling, video game design, network systems administration, adaptive technologies, web-based learning, physical computing, VR/AR/XR, immersive technologies, video mapping, video on demand, metadata/discoverability, database optimization, machine learning, interactive technology, etc.
- Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the internship;
- Be legally entitled to work in Canada (either a citizen, permanent resident or person with refugee status);
- Self-identify as underemployed (i.e. employed below their level of education, holding part-time employment, or in emerging fields with few jobs);
- Have completed post-secondary studies (exception: interns located in Nunavut, Yukon or NWT are not required to meet this criterion);
- Have no immediate family relationship with the employer.
- Eligible internships must take place in the period between July 1st 2022 and March 31st 2023.