Innovate BC is pleased to offer the Innovator Skills Initiative program and Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) program.
To register for the Innovator Skills Initiative program or DS4Y program, please create an account and begin an application by clicking on the "Programs" tab above. You can save your progress at any point and return to the application at your convenience. Please make sure to select the correct program to ensure timely review.
Innovator Skills Initiative program
Due to high demand, the program is currently at capacity. Applications received now will be waitlisted and we will contact you if additional spots become available.
The Innovator Skills Initiative program has been expanded to make a positive impact on the B.C. economy, particularly for people that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. The Innovator Skills Initiative program will help create a more diverse tech sector and, with talent shortages filled, B.C. businesses will have the opportunity to expand and grow.
The Innovator Skills Initiative program aims to help under-represented people get their first job in the tech sector by ensuring placements for under-represented people are available in the tech sector.
There is currently a very high demand for this program. If you are planning to hire more employees, we encourage you to learn about the ICTC Work Integrated Learning Digital Program which offers a similar hiring grant for employers hiring students. If you have any questions about ICTC's program or the application process, please contact ICTC by email at WIL_Digital@ictc-ctic.ca.
Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) Program
Thank you for your interest in the Digital Skills for Youth Program. Due to high demand, the program is currently at capacity. Applications received now will be waitlisted and we will contact you if spots become available.
Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y), a program funded by the Federal Government of Canada through Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), aims to match underemployed youth with small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and not-for-profit organizations to provide meaningful work experience to support their successful transition to career-oriented employment in the digital economy.
We are here to help
Should you have any questions about the program or process, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the program name (Innovator Skills Initiative or DS4Y) in the email subject.