Post Secondary

UBCO supports local Okanagan employers with a grant funding of up to $10,000 per graduate.

The UBCO ACAP Connects Graduates & Employers

The UBCO Arts Career Apprenticeship program (UBCO ACAP) is an excellent opportunity for Central Okanagan employers to work with qualified new graduates. This mutually beneficial program offers a grant valued at a four months’ salary, up to $10,000, for the hired candidate, benefiting both the graduate and employer.

The SweetLegs storefront in Lake Country, BC.

Participating businesses gain direct access to a competitive pool of talented UBCO arts, humanities and social sciences graduates, along with ongoing support from UBCO’s Career Development team throughout the hiring process. To be eligible for the apprenticeship program, employers must meet certain requirements, including offering a minimum 12-month term of employment, an accelerated career apprenticeship opportunity, mentorship and opportunities for skill development.

“The UBCO ACAP program has been great for us as a local business here in the Okanagan. It has connected us with high quality graduates who we can bring onto our small team, and give them meaningful employment as they start their careers” says Iain Cranston, Director at icInfrastructure

Chris and Addie Pafiolis, Co–Founders of SweetLegs.

Under the guidance of UBCO’s Career Development Team, upcoming graduates receive comprehensive training and support to enhance their career readiness. “I found the workshop focused on building a resume particularly helpful, and I was able to get additional support to refine my resume and cover letter after the workshop” says Rowan Holyer. Rowan graduated from UBCO with an economics degree and secured an Analyst position at icInfrastructrue through the UBCO ACAP program.

Through a competitive application and hiring process, eligible graduates can secure a one-year placement with a local employer, jumpstarting their professional journey post-graduation. They also benefit from mentorship, networking and training opportunities. 

Businesses interested in hiring talented upcoming Arts graduates can learn more about the program on UBCO’s website.

Information for this newsroom story was taken from UBCO’s website.