FIRST Jobs Pilot Program

By mmuise

The FIRST (First Industry Research Science Technology) Jobs program offers a work placement and meaningful work experience for a current student or recent graduate of an Alberta post-secondary institution while supporting the growth of Alberta’s SME Tech Sector. The student placement is to be a remote integrated learning and work experience. Companies will be reimbursed the employees pay by Technology Alberta at the end of the work term.

Comments on Funding:

No funding matching required by companies.

Deadline: Continuous Intake

Applicants must be Alberta SME Technology companies hiring Alberta Talents that:

  • are operating and registered in Alberta and/or have a significant Alberta presence with offices in the province;
  • are small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SME, under 100 employees);
  • provide meaningful work experience to a student, including by providing mentorship and support:
    a) develop one or more projects to be completed over a 20-week period / 200 hours;
  • are working in the tech sector to bring innovation to the province, creating advanced technologies as their core business
  • be ready to commit to:
    a) pay their young professional the $4000 fellowship allowance prior to program reimbursement;
    b) be employing their young professional at an appropriate level (ex. junior) for 10 hours a week for a period of 20 weeks (or as mutually agreed) for a total of 200 hours;
    c) be providing mentorship and guidance to their young professional throughout the work term;
    d) be participating in a Company Showcase once during their respective cohort.
Application Steps:


Documentation Needed:


Other Things to Note:

6 sessions running from 2021-2024

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