IEYC Success story: how to attract great candidates in a small company
Post by: Angie Knowles, ECO Canada
According to our latest report on Canada’s environmental sector, over 48% of environmental employees work in small companies with 20 employees or less. These small businesses form the backbone of Canadian environmental industries — their success impacts the overall success of the sector.
Yet despite their economic importance, many small businesses face a tough challenge finding the right staff. These companies need workers with well-rounded expertise and they often need to compete with larger organizations to attract qualified practitioners.
Wage-subsidy programs are one solution that can make a big difference for smaller businesses. Available programs like our International Environmental Youth Corps (IEYC) offer employers up to $12,000 to hire a young professional for a permanent position related to environmental protection, resource management, or sustainability.
This type of program helps small businesses attract strong job candidates with competitive wages, and it also helps them keep these new employees with great training and professional development opportunities.
According to Bruce Blackwell, Principal of B.A. Blackwell & Associates Ltd, “As a small, private business, we were not able to take on a new employee without a wage subsidy. The IEYC wage subsidy program allowed us to employ an intern and provide him with training.”
What motivated your company to participate in the IEYC wage subsidy program? What barriers did the wage subsidy help overcome?
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Describe the position your intern was hired for. What did his or her role encompass?
How difficult was it to train and integrate your intern into this role?
What made your internship successful?
Is your intern currently working as a full-time employee in your organization?
Overall, what would you say are the main benefits to hiring an intern? What are the challenges?
Would you recommend this program to other employers in your industry?
What advice would you give to employers who are planning to recruit a young professional?