Digital Skills For Youth


The Pinnguaq Association was selected by the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) to act as a delivery organization for the Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) internship program. The DS4Y program is designed to help youth gain meaningful work experience and digital skills needed for the new digital economy.

The project aims to help underemployed youth enhance and develop digital and soft skills through training and valuable work experience that will successfully facilitate their transition into the workplace. These internships will connect youth with small businesses and not-for-profit organizations where they will be able to learn new skills and apply them in a professional setting.

DS4Y 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 youth 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; focusing on supporting Indigenous youth entering the workforce. Internships under the DS4Y program will be available until March 31, 2020.

Digital Skills for Youth is a non-repayable contribution program which aims to combine valuable work experience and training related to digital skills for underemployed youth so that they can successfully transition and participate in the new digital economy. The program is delivered 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.