Internships Help Youth Gain the Skills that Employers Covet Most

When considering recent graduates for entry-level positions, many employers look for real-world experience from their candidates. Workplace skills cannot be achieved by only spending time in the classroom.

One of the best resources available to youth to gain the transferable, cross-cutting skills that employers covet most is to participate in internships. During an internship, they have the ability to engage in multiple projects and interact with employees, enabling them to diversify their skills set.

Through the Youth Internship (YI) program at Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), CFSC has been hiring social media interns to support the Computers for Schools (CFS) program at the provincial and national levels. These interns are tasked with managing social media platforms, supporting web activities and creating online marketing campaigns. They get to interact not only to people in their office but with stakeholders in the program across Canada.

“I am grateful for this opportunity to broaden my skills and grow my competencies. Working with CFSC allowed me to gain essential skills. My internship has greatly improved my professional profile, and was an excellent way to start my career”, said Andy upon completing his internship with CFSC.

Additionally, the Technical Work Experience Program (TWEP), which is funded through the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy, provides employment to hundreds of youth in CFS refurbishing centres across the country every year. Anton, a TWEP program alumnus said his internship provided him with the opportunity to get experience related to his career, which in turn gave him a very good start as a newcomer to Canada.

Youth hired by the TWEP program have gained and continue to gain experience relevant to future careers in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector through hands-on training in computer refurbishment activities, software testing and other related work.

CFS is a national program that refurbishes and delivers, at little or no cost, technology from government organizations, private businesses and individuals, in support of digital inclusion and economic development. Computers are distributed to schools and non-profit organizations supporting youth, seniors, low-income Canadians, new Canadians, Indigenous people and other eligible recipients across Canada.