Backgrounder: Student Work Placement Program


Student Work Placement Program

The Student Work Placement Program will provide post-secondary students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and business more quality student work placements and improved partnerships between employers and post-secondary education (PSE) institutions.

Agreements will be put in place with employer delivery partners, including recognized industry associations and organizations that represent the interests of businesses in key sectors in STEM and business.

These partners will be responsible for establishing partnerships with employers and PSE institutions and will provide eligible employers in STEM and business with wage subsidies for quality student work placements, up to 50 percent of the wage cost for the placement (up to a maximum of $5,000 per placement) and up to 70 percent (up to a maximum of $7,000 per placement) for first-year students and under-represented groups, such as women in STEM, Indigenous students, people with disabilities and newcomers.

Employers, including small and medium-sized enterprises and PSE institutions, will work together to help students become job-ready and develop the full complement of skills employers are seeking.

As part of the Student Work Placement Program, up to 10000 new work-integrated learning opportunities will be created for post-secondary students from STEM and business fields. It is expected that student work placements will be made available to under‑represented post-secondary students, such as women in STEM, newcomers and Indigenous students, as well as first-year students in STEM.

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