Hiring an Environmental Worker who is a college or universtiy grad? You can get a helping hand with the wages!
How much? Up to one-third or $12 K of the salary for a grad’s environmental worker’s entry level salary.
From the ECO Site:
ECO Canada in partnership with the federal government’s Youth Employment Strategy program, offers post-secondary graduates, who are unemployed or underemployed, the opportunity to gain work experience in the environmental profession. For employers, the Environmental Youth Corps (EYC) program provides a wage-subsidy that can account for up to one third of the salary (to a maximum of $12,000) of an eligible intern’s entry-level position.
The EYC program is made possible through our funders at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and Environment Canada.
Interns are motivated, skilled, and eager employees with fresh insight and new ideas. They can complete special projects that would otherwise go undone, work on short-term assignments and help out during peak periods.
Why Hire an Intern?
Funding is distributed each year on a first-come, first-served basis. Employers will hear about the status of their application approximately one week after submission. Once approved, organizations can select an intern from ECO Canada’s pre-screened candidates, recruit a suitable candidate using the ECO Job Board, or simply hire a preferred graduate who is equally eligible for the program.
Two types of internshipsECO Canada administers two programs: National Environmental Youth Corp. (NEYC) andInternational EYC (IEYC):
- The NEYC internships are available to companies who hire a recent graduate into a position that provides training and experience in an environmental role. The subsidy is 33% of the intern’s salary, to a maximum of $8,000. The NEYC program is made possible through our funders at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)
- The IEYC internships are available to companies who hire a recent graduate into a position that provides training and experience in an environmental role and some international exposure. International exposure may include liaison with foreign companies, working with samples from abroad, participating at a conference outside of Canada or travelling to a foreign country. The subsidy is 40% of the intern’s salary, to a maximum of $12,000. The IEYC program is made possible through our funders Environment Canada.
Who can apply?Employers must be Canadian owned or a Canadian subsidiary of a multi-national organization. Funding is allocated annually on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to the private sector. Not-for-profit and other organizations may also apply. To be eligible, your organization must meet the following criteria:
- Be Canadian owned or a Canadian subsidiary
- Offer a full-time position for 6-12 months
- Offer a new position that has a significant environmental component
- Hire a new employee (cannot be an existing employee)
- Have not accessed another federally funded wage subsidy for the position
- If applying for the International EYC, your application form must indicate the international components of the position.
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How to apply to host an ECO Canada Intern
To learn more about the program, or to apply now, please log in as an employer and click on the link for “Internships” under "Attract Top Talent". If you require further assistance, please contact the EYC Project Coordinator at eyc @ eco.ca or call(403) 233-0748.
Note: 2011 internship funding is no longer available in BC or Alberta.