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Funded by the Province of British Columbia’s StrongerBC: Future Ready Action Plan

B.C. Youth in Manufacturing Initiative

This initiative supports skills training and short-term, paid work placements for up to 500 B.C. youth aged 16-21 to develop skills and work experience for success in the workforce. British Columbia’s manufacturing employers participating in the program will receive mentorship training for one current employee and a financial subsidy of up to $3,500 for each youth work placement.

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About the Program

Hiring youth can bring fresh perspectives and innovative ideas to your manufacturing company. By providing opportunities for young individuals, you can contribute to their professional development and foster a skilled workforce for the future. Embracing the talents of youth not only cultivates a dynamic work environment but also enables your business to adapt and thrive in an ever-evolving industry.  

Through EMC’s B.C. Youth in Manufacturing Initiative, funded by the Province of British Columbia’s Stronger BC: Future Ready Action Plan, eligible employers receive a financial subsidy of up to $3,500 to offset onboarding, on-the-job training and wage costs.

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Program Funding

Eligible employers will receive up to $3,500 per placement to offset onboarding, on-the-job training and wage costs for participants aged 16-21 (if not in high school, not enrolled in post-secondary education or training) and up to $2,500 for participants in high school.

Program Training

All youth participants complete EMC’s Micro-Credentials Training, including Manufacturing Foundations and Lean Fundamentals. In addition to the youth training, the employer receives mentorship training for one employee per placement. This can be a great way to invest in new and current employees. Participants receive ongoing support from EMC staff through regular check-ins during the placement, and EMC tracks and supports mentor training.  

Mentorship in Manufacturing

The Mentorship in Manufacturing training program explores workplace mentorship, emphasizing the importance of positive relationships and employee engagement in manufacturing. Participants will learn how to be effective mentors, identify teaching opportunities, and develop mentees. Gain valuable skills to foster a successful mentorship culture in your organization.

  • Introduction to Mentorship
  • What it means to be a mentor
  • Mentorship in Manufacturing
  • Mentorship for new employees
  • Developing Mentees

Business Benefits

  • Financial subsidy to offset onboarding and training costs.
  • Build a pipeline of enthusiastic youth interested in a career in manufacturing.
  • Empower current employees with new mentorship skills and experiences.

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Employer Eligibility

To be eligible for funding through EMC’s B.C. Youth in Manufacturing Initiative, an employer must be part of the manufacturing sector (NAICS 31-33) and operate in British Columbia.

Participant Eligibility

To be eligible, youth participants must be: 

  • a resident of British Columbia (Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Protected Refugee) 
  • eligible to work in Canada   
  • aged 16-21 (at start of program)  
  • a current high school student or if not in high school, not enrolled in post-secondary education or training

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