Media Release

Innovative Program Connect Businesses With New Talent

For immediate release
April 26, 2021

Businesses can get up to $16,000 for hiring a recent arts graduate.

Kingston, Ontario – April 26, 2021 – Kingston Economic Development in partnership with Queen’s University Faculty of Arts and Science launches the 2021 Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: Kingston program. The Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: Kingston is an innovative program which connects new graduates from the arts, humanities and social science disciplines within the Faculty of Arts and Science with a Kingston employer. Employers who find the right fit through the program and commit to a 12-month contract are reimbursed for 4 months of the gross salary to a maximum of $16,000.

The Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: Kingston launched three years ago, in partnership with Queen’s University Faculty of Arts and Science. The program started in Kingston and recently expanded to Guelph, London, Hamilton and Okanagan.

“This year we have businesses from various sectors participating such as automotive, manufacturing, administration and more. As a former apprentice, I am glad to see the program growing nationwide especially during the pandemic as arts graduates would have an even harder time securing meaningful careers,” says Nour Mazloum, Communications and Events Officer, Kingston Economic Development Corporation and former apprentice.

The program has seen great results for the employers that participated over the years as well as the community. To date, the program matched over 35 arts graduates with local employers resulting in over $1,225,000 in new salaries.

“We hired two excellent candidates over the past few years through the Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: Kingston program. The program allows us to remain connected to the Queen’s University community, while accessing an excellent group of candidates. The pool of candidates provided by program easily represent our strongest cohort of applicants and interviews each year. What we appreciate most about the program is the candidates ability to select employers that suit their interests and career paths; encouraging a strong mutual fit from the hire date,” says James Puffer, VP of Operations, Venture Club.

This program was founded by Alan Rottenberg, an Ottawa-based philanthropist and venture capitalist, who saw how hard it was for his sons to find an employer willing to invest in them as recent arts graduates. The long-term goal is that apprentices would be retained for full-time positions once the first year is over.

For more information and to participate in the Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: Kingston program visit

Media Contact:
Nour Mazloum
Communications & Events Officer
Kingston Economic Development Corporation
[email protected] 


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Kingston Economic Development Corporation is focused on building a strong community and supporting Kingston’s thriving economy. Its mission is to provide dynamic and collaborative leadership by leveraging Kingston's unique assets to create jobs and investments in order to sustain, grow, and transform Kingston's economy to meet the needs of the 21st century.