After months of anticipation, The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) has finally announced the re-launch of their popular small business grants for hiring program. The program, formerly known as ICTC Career Focus, has been rebranded ICTC CareerConnect, capping off a host of alterations aimed at giving small and medium-sized businesses greater access to the program while increasing the maximum funding amount for eligible applicants.
$16K Hiring Grant Funding for Business via ICTC CareerConnect
The ICTC CareerConnect hiring grant will cover 50% of an eligible candidate’s wage, up to $16,000, for any internship that is at least 3 months in length. All internships must end on, or before February 28, 2014.
The main focus of this program continues to be the subsidizing of high demand careers for unemployed or underemployed graduates that will bring passion, energy, and skills their employer. ICTC CareerConnect will help employers meet their skill shortages while helping to create stronger ICT workers among Canada’s youth.
Positions Eligible for Small Business Grants Remain the Same, Process for Determining Eligibility Changes
Approximately 1,000 different position titles from the industry are eligible for government grants for small business support through ICTC. The titles have been divided among 23 career titles, each of which denoted by a National Occupational Classification code, or “NOC code”. Some of the more popular roles include, but are not limited to:
- Web Designer/Developer
- Computer Programmer
- Mobile Application Developer
- Computer/Hardware Engineer
- Graphic Designer/Illustrator
- Computer and Information System Manager
- Interactive Media Developer
To verify if your position is eligible for small business funding grants through ICTC CareerConnect, please consult the CareerConnect List of Eligible Positions.
If you believe your business qualifies for the CareerConnect program please contact a Canadian Government Funding Expert to get started on your application.
Mentor Works Ltd.
President & Owner
Mentor Works Ltd.
Director of Client Management and Development
(Article courtesy of Market Wired )