Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) is a program funded by the Government of Canada which aims to help underemployed youth enhance and develop their digital and soft skills. The program combines valuable work experience with digital skills training, allowing participating youth to advance their digital skills and secure their success in the digital economy.
Between fall 2020 and winter 2022, IMAA is offering 35 internships (22 in 2020-21, 13 in 2021-22) connecting underemployed youth, including from traditionally underrepresented groups, with employers (Internship Host Organizations). These internships will provide stable employment and training support for up to one year for youth participants. This will allow youth participants to develop or enhance their digital skills and to apply them in combination with soft skills to enhance their future employability.