In today’s tough economy, paid professional development opportunities for students and recent graduates are becoming harder and harder to come by. Despite being educated, skills and motivated to work, many youth remain underemployed and unemployed.

The objectives of the YI program are the assist young people in gaining the skills and experience needed to successfully transition into and remain in the labour force; and to encourage not-for-profit organizations across Canada to develop and apply ICT-related skills, knowledge and opportunities.

To participate in the YI Program, eligible participants must:

– be between the ages of 15 and 30 at the time of intake;
– have demonstrated skills achievement at the post-secondary level (this means that you must have more than secondary school achievement);
– intend to gain ICT skills and knowledge;

– meet the job requirements of the IHO, which should included stated ICT-related activities;
– be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada and be legally entitled to work in Canada; and
– must not be in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.

The objectives of the YI program are to assist young people in gaining skills and the experience needed to successfully transition into and remain in the labour force; and to encourage not-for-profit organizations across Canada to develop and apply ICT-related skills, knowledge and opportunities. The support provided by the YI program is essential to enable clients and community members to effectively adopt and use the Intern and ICTs by creating genuine access and building the technical capacity of community members.