Federal investment will create important internship opportunities for students, grads
Niagara College is applauding a $2.2 million investment by the federal government that will help recent graduates gain important real-world experience with local businesses.
The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, was at the Niagara College Welland Campus on October 14 to announce the investment on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).
The funding of up to $2.2 million is through FedDev Ontario’s Ontario Graduate Enterprise Internship (GEI), and will be used to create up to 200 internships with local businesses.
“This federal investment will provide benefits for both our graduates and local employers. We’re grateful that the federal government understands the important role that post-secondary education plays in keeping companies innovative, and the role that innovative companies have in our economic success,” said Niagara College Acting President Dr. Steve Hudson. “Skilled graduates strengthen our economy with their technical knowledge and entrepreneurial skill, and help companies innovate and develop new products and processes. This investment will help businesses hire those skilled graduates.”
“Our government is committed to creating jobs and supporting economic growth in southern Ontario,” said Minister Nicholson. “This internship program will allow graduates to enter the workforce, benefit from the experience of business leaders and become successful young entrepreneurs in the Niagara region.”
FedDev Ontario’s Graduate Enterprise Internship initiative will build a pool of highly skilled workers in southern Ontario by providing business and management experience to graduate students and recent graduates of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. Interns will benefit from working with business leaders who will share their knowledge and entrepreneurial expertise. Businesses will also benefit from the technical knowledge and skills of the interns, providing them with additional capacity to innovate.
Niagara College will use the funding to offer internships with structured mentoring opportunities for graduating students and recent graduates in Broadcasting – Radio, Television and Film; Computer Programmer Analyst (Co-op); Game Development; Graphic Design; Ecosystem Restoration; Environmental Management and Assessment; Geographic Information Systems – Geospatial Management; and Construction, Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical and Photonics Engineering Technology programs. For more information, visit https://mycareer.niagaracollege.ca/employer/incentives.htm.