A unique opportunity that’s more than just a summer job. That’s what the Youth Entrepreneurship Placement Program (YEPP) is saying about their 4th year assisting businesses in Parry Sound and Muskoka by matching suitable students aged 18 to 29 to companies, and all the while giving youth an exclusive career experience.

According to the Executive Director Rob Deline, the student program offers an entrepreneurial experience for students and compensation for businesses that are taking part. He is also saying that this opportunity for youth is beneficial to those who want to expand their business-leadership skills and entrepreneurial training that could be transferred to their future careers. It’s being encouraged by YEPP that students that have a strong, proven interest in innovation and entrepreneurship should apply.

The program officials are saying that youth and businesses are carefully matched for a 16-week placement that runs from May 4th to August 23rd, and is based on a 37.5 hour work week.  The wage subsidy will be $11.83 per hour, and according to Deline, many employers have said it will assist their business to help offset recent increases in minimum wage requirements.

The program will be administered through the North Bay-based offices of Innovation Initiatives Ontario North (IION) and funded by FedNor and The Ontario Trillium Foundation.

According to the guidelines of the program, only businesses that are for-profit, re-sellers and distributors will be accepted to be matched with students.

The deadline for students and businesses to apply is March 29th and you can find out more about the application process here.