The Canada Apprentice Loan and Canada Apprenticeship Grant are initiatives of the Government of Canada to help you complete your apprenticeship in a designated Red Seal trade.
The First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy (FNIYES) supports initiatives to provide First Nations and Inuit youth with work experience, information about career options, and opportunities to develop skills to help gain employment and develop careers. This strategy includes two programs: the First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program and the First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program.
The First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program provides youth with employment opportunities where they can gain work experience and develop important skills such as communication, problem-solving and teamwork. Summer work placements allow youth to learn about career options and to earn income that may contribute to university or college education.
The First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program supports initiatives that assist young people in acquiring the essential skills that will help them gain employment, function well in the workplace and learn about job and career options. The program also promotes the benefits of education to future participation in the labour force.
Summer Training Programs
The Forces offers Summer Training Programs that combine military lifestyle with cultural awareness: Bold Eagle and Raven. These six-week long programs give you a taste of military training with the option - but no commitment - to join the Forces. The training is based on the Army Reserve Basic Military Qualification and is taught by military instructors. Subjects include General Military Knowledge, Weapons Handling, Navigation, First Aid, Drill, and Survival Skills. The Forces arrange your travel to and from the program, living accommodations, food, clothing and all equipment. While you are in the program you are temporarily a Forces member and are paid around $3,500 for completing the full six weeks.
To qualify for the summer training programs, you must have completed at least Grade 10 (Sec IV in Quebec). Applications are due by the end of March so that all the arrangements can be made for the beginning of the programs in July. When filling out the online application, indicate the Summer Training Program you are interested in under “Program Choices.”
1. Bold Eagle
Are you interested in a challenging summer experience that delivers hands-on skills development, encourages teamwork, provides physical fitness and promotes cultural awareness? Bold Eagle is the program for you! It is a unique summer employment program that combines Aboriginal culture and teachings with military training. Bold Eagle is a challenging yet rewarding opportunity that helps to develop valuable skills such as self-confidence, self-discipline, teamwork, time management, respect and fitness to list but a few. Bold Eagle is open to Aboriginal Peoples living in Western Canada or Northwestern Ontario. Participants will train in Wainwright, Alberta.
Are you an Aboriginal Youth living in Canada, and are you looking for a very challenging and rewarding employment opportunity for the summer? Do you like to make new friends, work hard, like do physical activities and enjoy the outdoors? Then maybe applying for the Raven program is exactly what you are looking for. Raven is the Navy’s summer program for Aboriginal Peoples from across Canada. Participants train in Esquimalt, British Columbia.
The Canadian Forces Aboriginal Entry Program is a special three-week program for Aboriginal Peoples who are considering a career in the Forces. During the program, you get hands-on experience with military training, careers, and lifestyle with no obligation to join the Forces. At the end of the program, you receive $1,200 for completing the program and a certificate of military achievement.
The Aboriginal Leadership Opportunities Year (ALOY) gives you a highly positive, productive, one-year educational and leadership experience through the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) in Kingston, Ontario. The ALOY program includes sports, field trips, leadership development, military training, cultural support activities, and individual learning plans. Through these learning plans, you take part in individual and small group tutorials for pre-university (non-credit) and first-year university courses.
As part of the program, you are enrolled in the Forces for one year as an Officer Cadet and receive free tuition and books at RMC. You may request to leave the program at any point in the year. At the end of the year, you may apply to continue at RMC in a degree program through either the Regular Officer Training Program or the Reserve Entry Training Plan.
To apply for the ALOY program you must have completed at least Grade 12 or Secondaire V, or have obtained your GED. Applications are due February 15 so that all the arrangements can be made for the beginning of the school year in September. In addition to filling out the online application, you must also submit the ALOY enrolment form
The Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) provides full-time students with the opportunity to explore their interests and develop their skills.
For some academis programs, work experience is part of the curriculum. The Post-Secondary Co-operative Education and Internship Program (CO-OP/Internship) is one way students can get hands-on experience, iin their feilds of study, with federal organizations.
Research Affiliate Program (RAP) provides post-secondary students with opportunities to conduct research and gain experience with federal organizations.
Specialized Recruitment Programs
Here are some recruitment programs offered:
- Aboriginal Tax Officer Apprenticeship Program (ATOAP)
- International Aboriginal Youth Internships initiative
- Aboriginal Leadership Opportunities Year (ALOY)
- Aboriginal Summer Training Programs
- Aboriginal Pre-cadet Training Program
- Aboriginal Cadet Development Program
- Aboriginal Ambassadors in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Supplement Program
Skills Link is a program that provides funding for employers and organizations to offer eligible activities to youth facing barriers to employment. The program is part of the Youth Employment Strategy, a horizontal initiative involving eleven federal departments and agencies.
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