After months of anticipation, the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) has announced the re-launch of its popular small business grants for hiring program. The program, formerly known as ICTC Career Focus, has been rebranded as ICTC CareerConnect, capping off a host of alterations aimed at giving small and medium-sized businesses greater access to the program while increasing the maximum funding amount for eligible applicants.
The ICTC CareerConnect hiring grant will cover 50% of an eligible candidate’s wage, up to $16,000, for any internship that is at least 3 months in length. The main focus of this program continues to be the subsidizing of high demand careers for unemployed or underemployed graduates that will bring passion, energy, and skills their employer. ICTC CareerConnect will help employers meet their skill shortages while helping to create stronger ICT workers among Canada’s youth. All internships must end on, or before February 28, 2014.
Approximately 1,000 different position titles from the industry are eligible for government grants for small business support through ICTC. The titles have been divided among 23 career titles, each of which denoted by a National Occupational Classification code, or “NOC code”. Some of the more popular roles include, but are not limited to:
- Web Designer/Developer
- Computer Programmer
- Mobile Application Developer
- Computer/Hardware Engineer
- Graphic Designer/Illustrator
- Computer and Information System Manager
- Interactive Media Developer
To verify if your position is eligible for small business funding grants through ICTC CareerConnect, please consult the List of Eligible Positions. You can also contact companies such as MentorWorks whose services and expertise can assist you in applying for grants such as this.