Purpose of the Program

FIRST (First Industry Research Science Technology) Jobs offers meaningful work experience for a current student or recent graduate of an Alberta post-secondary institution while supporting the growth of Alberta’s SME Tech Sector. 

Relevant professional topics are situated in the context of the workplace and are offered as a vehicle to enhance workplace performance – both for young professionals and for the companies themselves.

Eligible Technology Companies

  • Operating and registered in Alberta and/or has a significant Alberta presence with offices in the province
  • Must be a small-to-medium-sized enterprise (SME, under 100 employees)
  • Able to provide meaningful work experience to a student, including by providing mentorship and support
    • Will develop one or more projects to be completed over the program work term.
  • Are working in the tech sector to bring innovation to the province, creating advanced technologies as their core business

Company Commitment

  • Pay their young professional before program reimbursement. (Eg. $2000 – After week 10 (Reimbursed 2-4 weeks later); Remaining $2000 After Week 20 (Also reimbursed 2-4 weeks later)
  • Employ their young professional at an appropriate level (ex. junior) for the program duration
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to their young professional throughout the work term
  • Participate in a Company Showcase once during their respective cohort

Value for Companies

  • Meet promising new talent for possible future employment
  • Become a mentor to a student aspiring to work in Alberta’s tech sector
  • Grow their networks with the other 50 tech companies and the 50 youth participants
  • Learn about Alberta’s tech community through information and panel sessions with other FIRST Jobs participants
  • Various levels of funding support and matching requirements

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For questions about the program or the application form, please contact our program staff at: 
[email protected]

The Province of Alberta is working in partnership with the Government of Canada to provide employment support programs and services.