Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) 2021-22
Placement Terms and Program Funding
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.
If you’re interested, the Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation is investing $15 million in the Innovator Skills Initiative program, which we will be delivering in the near future. As part of this investment, the Innovator Skills Initiative program is being expanded to be more accessible and inclusive. If you're interested in learning more when the opportunity opens, please sign up here.
Each employer is eligible for the following:
Up to $25,500 maximum grant value to cover 100% of an Intern’s salary, training and capital costs.
Maximum Grant Value
Capital Cost (Optional)
Up to $4,000
Up to $5,000
Up to $25,500*
*Balance after any Training or Capital Costs
- Salary: Up to $25,500 to cover 100% of an intern’s salary and any mandatory employment-related costs (benefits),
- Training: One optional training stipend of up to $4,000 (inclusive of taxes) to cover the Intern’s training costs, and
- Capital/Direct Costs: Coverage of capital or direct costs is available under special circumstances, including small repairs or renovations to support the participation of youth facing barriers, up to a maximum of $5,000. To qualify for reimbursement, prior special approval is required before incurring direct costs.
- Note: For placements exceeding the above amounts, the Employer will be required to cover the remainder of the costs.
- Be established in BC,
- Be a small or medium-sized business or not-for-profit organization (under 500 employees), and
- Must provide internal mentorship to support the hire’s tech role.
- Be between the ages of 15 and 30, inclusive, at the start of the internship
- Be a post-secondary graduate,
- Be hired by the Employer between April 1 and December 1, 2021, inclusive,
- Not be in receipt of EI during the course of the work placement,
- Be legally entitled to work in Canada as a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person who has been granted refugee status,
- Not be an immediate family member of the recipient or employer,
- Reside, physically work in BC, or have plans to return to BC,
- Not have completed a DS4Y work placement in their lifetime, and
- Self-assess as underemployed, meaning employed below their level of education and/or hold part-time employment, or are unemployed
Youth who self-identify as women, Indigenous peoples, visible minority, a person with a disability or official languages minority, will be given special consideration.
Eligible Work Placement
To qualify for the Digital Skills for Youth Program, work placements must:
- Be a minimum of four months and start no earlier than April 1, 2021 and end on or before March 31, 2022,
- Be in a technology-related position or supporting digital work where the youth intern can develop on-the-job experience in the areas of: AI, Automation, Big Data, Digital Marketing, Programming/Coding, Cybersecurity, UI/UX, AR/VR, or 3D Printing,
- Be comprised of activities that are non-commercial, not intended to generate profit, and support program priorities and objectives.
- Begin and end during the work placement,
- In one of these areas: AI, Automation, Big Data, Digital Marketing, Programming/Coding, Cybersecurity, UI/UX, AR/VR, or 3D Printing,
- Include a component of digital literacy or soft skills training (i.e. communications, logical reasoning, problem solving, design thinking, etc.)
For more information about the program requirements, please click here.