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Employer Eligibility

  • The program is open to any business located within the city of Guelph or Wellington County, with a minimum 7+ employees.
  • The employer can offer entry-level employment opportunities available for graduating College of Arts students with start dates between April and June. 
  • The employer provides meaningful employment and career development opportunities for the apprentice.
  • The employer provides a one-year, paid, full-time, professional experience that provides mentorship, skill development and the ability for a new employee to contribute to the growth and development of a local organization.
  • Job opportunities must meet a minimum salary of $35,000 annually.
  • This program provides employers with connections to students that have received employment readiness support through workshops and one-on-one guidance provided by the University of Guelph Career Advisors.


Program Benefits

  • Employers receive a maximum grant of $10,000 per position.
  • Grant reimburses employers for the first two and last two months of the 12 month apprenticeship. 
  • Submit multiple job postings to increase your student acceptance success.
  • Access a competitive pool of extraordinary new talent that can bring energy, creativity and critical thinking to your business operation.
  • Hire a University graduate that has received specialized one-on-one coaching in order to adapt quickly to a working environment.
  • On-campus support for interview space available
  • The opportunity to contribute back to your community by hiring locally.


Who are the students that qualify for this program?

Graduating Students in their final academic year from one of the following two streams:

College of Arts, honours or general program, majoring in:

  • Art History, Classical Studies, English, European Studies, French Studies, History, Music, Philosophy, Spanish and Hispanic Studies, Studio Art, or Theater Studies.

Bachelor of Arts and Science student with a College of Arts minor, defined as:

  • Art History, Classical Studies, English, European Culture and Civilization, French Studies, German, History, Italian, Museum Studies, Music, Philosophy, Spanish and Hispanic Studies, or Theater Studies.


What College of Arts & Arts and Science Students Can Offer Employers

  • Comfortable with ambiguity, able to adapt and navigate change 
  • Additional languages and Cross-cultural knowledge
  • Manage multiple projects, and meet deadlines
  • Digital literacy, research, and information retrieval
  • Critically think and examine complex questions
  • Identify nuanced patterns and offer creative problem solving
  • Work with and understand broader needs of social diversity and inclusion
  • Demonstrate leadership, collaboration, and continuous learning


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Megan De Roover, PhD
Experiential Learning Partnership Developer, College of Arts
University of Guelph
50 Stone Rd. E
519 824 4120 ext. 58290



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