Island employers invited to support new internship program

Creating jobs for Islanders

Government is looking for Island businesses and non-profit organizations to help recent graduates gain work experience with an internship to improve their digital skills and prepare for current and future job opportunities. 

The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island are partnering to offer the new Digital Skills for Youth Program (DS4Y PEI), through which 20 internships will be initially funded to provide recent post-secondary graduates with meaningful work experience to help them transition to career-oriented employment. Employers can find more information at Skills PEI  and apply for the program by April 12, 2019.  

“Real-life work experience and a broad range of skills and knowledge help improve employability,” said provincial Workforce and Advanced Learning Minister Sonny Gallant. “When recent graduates have training opportunities like DS4Y PEI, they are connected with employers and can develop the experience they need to launch successful careers.”

"Digital skills are becoming increasingly important every day. They widen a world of possibilities for Canadians and help improve their access to jobs,” said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. “Our government is proud to deliver a program that will help 1,200 Canadians gain meaningful work experience and develop digital literacy required for the jobs of today and tomorrow."

The program focuses on providing interns with knowledge of digital literacy in the workplace and the skills to succeed in the digital economy. Interns supported under the program must be recent post-secondary graduates. Internships must be a minimum of six months. 

Media contact:
Hillary MacDonald
Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning


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