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The Ontario Library Association has been notified by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (formerly Industry Canada) that the new Youth Internship Program for Ontario will be launched for 2016–2017.

After 20 years Industry Canada’s CAP/YIP Youth Internship Program has undergone some major changes. Under the new Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada department the Summer Work Experience funding has ended leaving only the Career Focus positions. The program has also shifted its focus away from service-related positions to technical positions only. The move is to more IT (Information Technology) based skills development and it is a reflection of the changing job market. The Youth Internship must have an IT focus. Job descriptions submitted for each position should reflect more IT skills development. Positions that do not have a SIGNIFICNT IT component will not be CONSIDERED.

General Information – ISED’s Youth Internships Program

The Youth Internships Program helps Canada create jobs and generates the social, educational, and economic benefits associated with the expanded use of digital technologies. YI is integral to Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy; pairing youth with ICT-related job opportunities. The overall objective of the YI program is to support Canadian youth in gaining a wide-range of digital skills and to assist their transition to the labour market, thereby making them more productive and competitive in a digital and knowledge-based economy.

The Youth Internships Program will enable organizations to provide youth with skills development opportunities and work experience that will facilitate transition to the labour market. Internships will allow youth to acquire technical and soft skills using digital technologies and will support a range of organizations that are looking to engage in online activities.

Intern Hosting Organizations (IHOs) are the workplaces where the Youth Intern will be trained; supervised and where they will undertake their work. IHOs need not have been former CAP Centres. An IHO can serve a number of facilities (e.g. An central agency that supports multiple centres where IT and ITC training can take place); could be a stand-alone facility like a Social Service Agency within the mandate; a Library; a NFP with an aligned mandate.

Career Focus positions will be $22 an hour with an option of 500 (SUBJECT TO FINAL APPROVAL) or 700 hours. Youth must be focussed on an IT project (or projects) with access to an IT supervisor.

The Youth Internship must have an IT focus. Job descriptions submitted for each position should reflect more IT skills development. Positions that do not have an IT component will not be CONSIDERED.

2016–2017 Program Priorities

Each year ISED and the funding partners set key program priorities. The Youth Internship must have an IT focus. Job descriptions submitted for each position should reflect IT skills development. Positions that do not have an IT component will not be CONSIDERED.

These priorities coupled with local needs are the basis of the Youth Internship.

Eligible Activities

Eligible actives can include but are not limited to:

  • software and video game development;
  • coding and app development;
  • network troubleshooting;
  • adaptive technologies;
  • website development;
  • web-enabled learning;
  • social media campaigns and other content development.

Applications are being submitted online
http://www.yistats.ca

Applications due: October 21, 2016. (Applications will continue to be received after this point and approved on a funding available basis.)

If demand exceeds the supply of hours OLA will be convening an adjudication committee to consider the applications on merit and workplan. If supply exceeds demand the application process will stay open.

The http://www.yistats.ca website is the primary source for all Ontario YIP information. Once published on this site it is considered disseminated.

OLA intends to use similar methodology as in the past to manage YIP, to make the implementation as smooth and as efficient as possible.

Hiring A Youth Intern

The criteria for the hiring of Youth Interns is not written in stone. Each IHO must have a large amount of autonomy in operating their program in order to meet their particular needs.

Career Focus – all work must be completed by March 24, 2017.

  • Youth must be between 15–30 years old at time of start of their internship. No exceptions.
  • Youth must intend to acquire digital skills and knowledge.
  • Youth must meet the job requirements of the IHO, which include their stated digital-related activities.
  • Youth must be a post-secondary graduate or have completed at least one post-secondary course. They must have demonstrated skills at the post-secondary level. No exceptions.
  • Youth must be a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada and be legally entitled to work in Canada. No exceptions.
  • Youth must not be in receipt of Employment Insurance benefits while participating in the Internship. No exceptions.
  • Positions must be filled by Youth Interns who have not previously received funding from an OLA administered grant process. No exceptions.
  • Positions are 500 or 700 hours. Rate of grant is $22 per hour + 16.75%

The position should be filled fairly and equitably and that the work they undertake is on behalf of the Youth Internship Program. When hiring please remember that these youth are looking for meaningful work experiences and, given the right direction, will be valuable assets to your community, your organization, and Canada as a whole.

Your organization will be reimbursed per position. The OLA contracts with an incorporated entity only. No exceptions.

The wages and benefits outlined above are for one Youth to work between their start date and March 24, 2017. This allocation cannot be divided among multiple Youth Interns. The work term is designed to maintain the quality of the employment experience and to provide a sufficient number of work hours for each Intern. Please be thoughtful in considering your needs and whether it will be possible to use the full allocation. OLA can only approve up to the amount of their contract which means if organizations do not use their full allocation that monies are returned to ISED rather than spent in your communities. Intern Host Organizations with outstanding forms and reports from previous years will not be approved for additional funding until ALL outstanding reports are received. In addition organizations that did not use their full allocation, nor notify OLA in advance of the end of the program, in the past program period will be considered once other allocations are made.

In the event that more organizations are interested than there are positions, we reserve the right to limit the number of hours each IHO receives. We may be assembling an adjudication panel to consider the applications on a competitive basis if demand meets supply. Keep this in mind while completing your application.

Applications are being submitted online
http://www.yistats.ca

Due Dates

Career Focus Applications: Friday October 21, 2016. Applications will continue to be received after this point and approved on a funding available basis.

Applications are being submitted online
http://www.yistats.ca

The Call for Applications is in no way an approval to proceed at this point. It is intended to be an expression of interest to ensure that funding levels meet demand. When the contract receives final approval, additional information may be required before OLA can issue contracts to Intern Host Organizations.

Administrators interested in hiring Youth Interns for their sites should complete the application submit them to the Ontario Library Association.

OLA will endeavour to notify successful applicants on Friday, October 28, 2016.

We look forward to working with you throughout the Youth Internships Program period. And I need to reiterate that this communiqué is not an authorization to proceed, but the first step in getting the youth initiative underway.

Regional Co-ordinators

The OLA will be hiring a couple Regional Co-ordinators to assist in the implementation and on-going program administration. Regional Co-ordinators are expected to have regular contact with sites, their youth, and administrators in a specific area.

Do you have what it takes to be a Regional Co-ordinator? Do you know somebody who is extremely organized, an excellent communicator, and is reliable and dependable to work from home? If the answer is yes, then the YIP program needs to hear about these people.

The OLA is seeking cover letters and résumés from Ontario youth who might be able to help OLA implement the program. Up to four positions may be available. These will be 500 to 700 hours and will pay $22.00 per hour (subject to change and final approvals). Regional Co-ordinators should meet the following criteria.

Regional Co-ordinators must:

  • be between 15–30 years old at time of start of their internship.
  • be a post-secondary graduate or have completed at least one post-secondary course.
  • not have worked as a Youth Intern or Regional Co-ordinator in the past.
  • intend to acquire digital skills and knowledge.
  • be a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada and be legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • not be in receipt of Employment Insurance benefits while participating in the Internship.

http://www.yistats.ca

Apply before October 26, 2016 for consideration for the 2016–2017 Regional Co-ordinator team:
Youth Internship Program Administration
by email: youth@yistats.ca

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