Graduate Mentorship

OVERVIEW
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. If you are hiring a recent post-secondary graduate who lacks the work experience necessary for the position, we can subsidize up to 50% of the wages for 52 weeks. 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?
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. To assess your application 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;
  • Sustainability plan to maintain the new employee following the subsidy period.

WHEN IS MY APPLICATION DUE?
There is no deadline for applications under the Graduate Mentorship Program as we accept applications on an ongoing basis.

HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?
Once you submit your completed application package, SkillsPEI will review your application. A Program Officer will contact you within a few days to discuss your application. Once you receive confirmation that your application has been approved for the Graduate Mentorship Program, your new employee can start work.

The wage rate paid to the participant must be a minimum of $15 per hour to be eligible for consideration and needs to be within the wage rate for the targeted occupation. SkillsPEI can subsidize up to 50% of the wages by making a maximum contribution of $10.00 per hour for the new employee's wages during the training period.

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.

This information is a general guide for applicants. Applications received by SkillsPEI will be assessed against additional program criteria to determine eligibility.

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?
Call SkillsPEI's general inquiries line at 1-877-491-4766 or visit one of the following SkillsPEI offices:

Charlottetown
Atlantic Technology Centre
176 Great George Street, Suite #212
Charlottetown, PEI

Summerside
Access PEI
120 Heather Moyse Drive
Summerside, PEI

Montague
548 Main Street
Montague, PEI

O'Leary
Future Tech West
454 Main Street
O'Leary, PEI

APPLICATION FORMS & INFORMATION SHEETS

Graduate Mentorship for Employers Application Form

Graduate Mentorship Information Sheet

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

Program information updated May 2018