The Archaeological Society of Alberta - Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Industry Voucher Expansion Program helps to provide a wage subsidy to employers who offer employment opportunities to post-secondary students; this is an opportunity for students to apply their learning in real-world settings and to build skill sets while employers can benefit by accessing a pool of talented and skilled students. The employer must provide meaningful work experiences within the hired student's study area as part of the ASA WIL program.
The Archaeological Society of Alberta has received funding from the Alberta Government to support Work-Integrated Learning placements in the culture and tourism industries from now to September 2025. The funding cycles are Sept. 2022 – Oct. 2023 (10 placements), Sept. 2023 – Oct. 2024 (30 placements), and Sept. 2024 – Oct. 2025 (35 placements).
Wage subsidy reimbursements of 50% (maximum subsidy $5,000) are available to hire current post-secondary students and recent grads (up to 12 months after graduation) for temporary work experience placements at a preferred four-month term in length, which can take place at any time during the year, based on the ASA funding cycle. Employers can contribute up to $5000, and ASA will provide up to $5000 to match. Costs more than $5000 will be at the Employer’s expense.
It is important to note that the employer is responsible for covering the full cost of the student's wages until the end of their placement term. At the end of the term, ASA will reimburse the employer up to $5000 upon completing and returning the student and employer exit forms and payroll information. The ASA WIL Program will only cover half of the final actual payroll costs for the student (up to $5000).
ASA has designed the program priority to be given to placements with 400 hours, next will be the minimum 200 hours (Alberta Advanced Education mandates this as the minimum number of hours), and then organizations with less than 50 employees can contribute in-kind (i.e. extra mentoring) with encouragement to apply for other funding to match.
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