OTTAWA — The Government of Canada recently announced $15.8 million to create green jobs and training opportunities for Canadian youth in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the energy, forestry, mining, earth sciences and clean technology sectors.
The funding is part of the $9-billion Government of Canada COVID-19 response for students announced by the prime minister in April.
Organizations will provide 500 green job internships, ranging from six to 12 months in length. Green jobs are available through four delivery organizations: BioTalent Canada, Colleges and Institutes Canada, ECO Canada and Electricity Human Resources Canada.
The jobs are supported by Natural Resources Canada’s Science and Technology Internship Program, part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS), indicates a release. It aims to help youth gain valuable on-the-job experience, explore careers in the natural resources sectors, enhance the employability skills of workers aged 15 to 30 in STEM, increase the number of skilled young Canadians in the workforce and advance Canada’s climate change goals.
“Over the past two years of this program we’ve helped to facilitate placement for 1,109 qualified candidates into meaningful jobs, with $15 million in wages supporting business operations and employment growth across Canada,” said Kevin Nilsen, president and CEO of ECO Canada, in a statement.
“As our economy shifts to a skills economy and the retiree gap continues to rise, now more than ever it is important that industry leverages initiatives like the Science and Technology Internship Program to help fill the demand for qualified workers. Employers can tap into new talent to help move their business forward with less financial risk. Furthermore, job seekers reduce barriers to launching their career path. It’s a win-win outcome for both.”