Graduate Mentorship Program


The Graduate Mentorship Program is an employment program developed to help employers create long term employment opportunities for unemployed recent post-secondary graduates in their field of study. An employer receives a temporary wage subsidy to provide mentorship and a valuable work experience for a new full time employee. At the end of the wage subsidy, the employee should be fully productive and contributing to the success of the business.

Who is eligible to participate?

If you are hiring a recent post secondary graduate who lacks the work experience necessary for the position, we can subsidize 50% of the wages for 52 weeks.

Eligible employers include:
• Registered private sector businesses
• Organizations
• Municipalities
• Band/tribal councils
• Public health and educational institutions

How do I apply?

You must complete the Graduate Mentorship Program application form and submit it to your local SkillsPEI office. A Program Officer will contact you within a few days to discuss your needs.

To be approved we will need:
• Completed Graduate Mentorship Program application form
• Detailed job description including job duties, education requirements and timelines of training activities for the new employee
• The contact information for the new employee

When is my application due?

There is no deadline for applications under the Graduate Mentorship Program as we accept applications on a year round basis.

How does the program work?

Once you submit your completed application package, SkillsPEI will review your application. Once you receive confirmation that your application has been approved for the Graduate Mentorship Program, your new employee can start work.

SkillsPEI will reimburse you for 50% of the new employee’s wages for the wage subsidy period. The maximum wage rate eligible for consideration is $19.00/hr. The wage rate needs to be within the wage range for the targeted occupation.

You are responsible to cover the mandatory employment related costs including CPP, EI and Vacation Pay. You also need to ensure there is proper Worker’s Compensation coverage for the participant.

Where can I get more information?

You can visit our website at, call SkillsPEI’s General Inquiries Line at 1-877-491-4766 or visit one of the SkillsPEI offices.

Funded by the Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning through the Canada-PEI labour market agreements.