Digital Skills For Youth


The Pinnguaq Association was selected by the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada to act as a Delivery Organization for the Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) Internship Program, designed to help recent post-secondary graduates gain meaningful work experience and the digital skills needed for the jobs of today and of the future.

Digital Skills for Youth is part of the government’s Youth Employment Strategy and aligns with the government’s Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year plan to make Canada a world leader in innovation and create well-paying middle-class jobs. Through this program, over 1,200 underemployed post-secondary graduates will be paired with small businesses or not-for-profit organizations to learn the in-demand digital and problem-solving skills required by today’s employer.

The Pinnguaq Association will recruit and support Employers for Intern placements throughout Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon; and will focus on supporting Indigenous post-secondary graduates enter the workforce. Internships under the Digital Skills for Youth will be available until March 31, 2020.

The Digital Skills for Youth Program is a non-repayable contribution program which aims to combine valuable work experience and training related to digital skills for underemployed recent post-secondary graduates so that they can successfully transition and participate in the new digital economy and isdelivered under the Career Focus (CF) stream of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES). The Pinnguaq Association is an approved Recipient of the Digital Skills for Youth Program.