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Employer Eligibility

The Youth Internship Incentive Program is designed to increase the number of employers supporting work-integrated learning internships in trades, technologies, and in-demand occupations. By providing a financial incentive for employers, this program will expand an employer’s ability to achieve their goals as well as to enhance opportunities for youth that align with Alberta’s skilled worker needs. Supporting employers who are new to offering CAREERS internships, supporting existing employers to expand their ability to provide more internships, and supporting employers across the province are the key targets.


Employers apply to participate in the program. CAREERS is solely responsible for program acceptance.

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  • Operate in Alberta and include businesses, non-profit organizations, municipalities, and Indigenous community organizations.
  • Are incorporated by or registered as a legal operating organization in Alberta.
  • Provide a safe work environment including COVID-19 protocols (reference: occupational-health-safety.aspx)
  • Demonstrate a willingness to support long-term employment for successful candidates after the internship concludes.
  • Designate strong mentors to support youth learning about the industry, the career opportunities, technical skills, and soft skills.

Assessment considerations:

Applications will be assessed by geographical regions in Alberta to ensure there are YiiP internships throughout the province.
For Skilled Trades related positions, employers are encouraged to register the student as an apprentice with Alberta Industry and Training (AIT). Mentorship and training must align with apprenticeship learning plans.


All potential interns must apply to participate.
High school students may be eligible if registered in grades 10 to 12 in Alberta during the internship.
Note: Youth, younger than 19 years of age as of September 1, 2021, can still qualify for Alberta Education off-campus programming by registering at their local school.
Post high school youth may be eligible if:

  • Aged 17-20 and apply for a pilot programs.
  • Aged 17-19, were registered apprentices in high school, have completed 500 apprenticeship hours, have a class 5 driver’s license, and do not reside in RMWB.
  • Aged 17-25, who reside in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and apply for the CO-OP Apprenticeship Program.


CAREERS can support creating an internship learning plan and connect employers to high school off-campus coordinators.
Prior to a high school internship starting, an off-campus agreement must be signed to solidify the internship details and establish WCB coverage under Alberta Education. Off-campus agreements are signed by the employer, student, parent, and teacher.
Site tours are required to ensure sites are safe, clean, learning environments.
Apprenticeship learning plans from AIT will help guide mentorship and training.

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Students exploring internships in skilled trades may also be eligible to fast track their training through the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) Learn more.