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Innovative Apprenticeship Program Launches in Kingston

Posted on Tuesday November 13, 2018

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November 13, 2018


Program offers apprenticeship subsidy and mentorship support for 35 local businesses hire Queen’s Arts & Humanities graduates

The Kingston Economic Development Corporation in collaboration with Queen’s University is pleased to announce that registrations from businesses are now being accepted for the 2019 Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: Kingston program.

The program connects new graduates from the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at Queen’s University with a Kingston employer. The objective of this innovative and unique to Kingston program is to help new graduates launch their career while retaining skilled talent in the community to support Kingston business growth. Employers who commit to a 1-year contract with a new graduate are reimbursed for four months of the gross salary to a maximum of $4,000/month. In 2019, the program will provide funding for 35 new careers.

"Bringing our newest addition, [Kerstin] onto our creative team at VIVA Productions has been a rewarding experience for everyone. It is invigorating to help new grads develop their professional skills and explore where their unique talents lie. We need to continue to give opportunities to new generations, it's how we stay relevant and educated in our industry!"
said Emese Kiraly, Producer, VIVA Productions.

Interested employers are encouraged to contact Dajana Turkovic, Workforce Development Officer at the Kingston Economic Development Corporation. Jobs will be posted on the Queen’s University Job Board starting now through to December 15, 2018. The interview process will take place in early 2019 with successful candidates starting their positions after classes end in May.

“The Kingston Economic Development Corporation is very excited to support this incredible program. We are grateful to the founder Alan Rottenberg for recognizing the importance of investing in new graduates and actively building Kingston’s workforce of the future,” said Donna Gillespie, CEO, Kingston Economic Development Corporation.

Ellie Ardakani, Cofounder & President of Meta Innovation Technologies, a local tech pioneer that provides interactive learning experience for oil and gas professionals, has said: “This funding was a critical help to us to hire a talented young employee and for Peter to get a job a month after his graduation. We are very grateful for this opportunity. We hope we can keep Peter employed for a long time and hire more new grads like him.”

Join the Kingston Economic Development Corporation for an info session to learn more about the program on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 from 4pm to 6pm at the Delta Hotel (Grandview Room), 1 Johnson Street. The founder Alan Rottenberg as well as current participants will be on site to speak about the program.

About Kingston Economic Development Corporation

The Kingston Economic Development Corporation is focused on building a strong community and supporting Kingston’s thriving economy. Its mission is to provide dynamic and collaborative leadership by leveraging Kingston's unique assets to create jobs and investment in order to sustain, grow and transform Kingston's economy to meet the needs of the 21st century.

The strategic priorities of the Kingston Economic Development Corporation are to deliver exceptional business support services, continue to invest in high priority growth sectors, encourage youth and entrepreneurship, and attract and retain a strong labour force to meet the needs of employers.


Media Contact:
Dajana Turkovic
Workforce Development Officer
Kingston Economic Development Corporation
613-546-2725 ext. 7248


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