Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: KINGSTON

Careers start with experience. Experience starts with opportunity. Opportunity starts HERE.

Queen's Arts and Science has partnered with the Kingston Economic Development Corporation to match soon-to-be graduating undergraduate arts and humanities students, such as yourself, with local employers to jump start your career in May. The program consists of a one-year, salary paid, career apprenticeship in beautiful Kingston Ontario, along with mentorship and networking opportunities to ensure your success long-term.
Start thinking about your future career now, register for the Life After ArtSci Professional Summit.
Make sure to stay connected about our info sessions, application deadlines and upcoming events.

Jobs Now Live, Apply Now - Deadline February 2020

Information Sessions

Monday, January 27

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Monday, February 3

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**All info sessions will take place in the Rose Innovation Hub in Mitchell Hall from 5:30pm - 6:30pm. Pizza will be served.

Key Dates and Program Timeline

  • November 9 - Life After ArtSci Professional Summit

  • November 13 - Launch Event

  • January 1 - February 12 - Students Apply

  • January 30 - Employer Deadline to submit final job postings

  • February 13 - Student Application Date

  • February 20 - March 20 - Interviewing Window

  • March 23 - Ranking Submission Deadline

  • March 27 - Employers to offer positions

If you have not heard back from an employer or the program by this time, please be patient. Some organizations require extended time to process new hires.

  • May 4 - Apprentice Start Date

QCA:K Employers 2020


Job Title

Company Overview

EnvironmentallMarketing Specialist

Environmentall Contracting Services is committed to adhering to the strictest environmental standards and practices. The Environmentall team delivers professionals with extensive experience in the areas of remediation, abatement and rebuild; for applications in industrial, commercial, institutional and residential settings.

The equipment and processes implemented ensure the project will be completed on time, and on budget without compromising safety or quality. Our full stop range of services is sure to meet any client’s needs along the 401 corridor between Ottawa to Toronto.
SnapcabMarketing Assistant - Community EngagementWith more than 20 years of experience and history, SnapCab® continues to serve as a pioneer with its innovative products — which include the SnapCab® Elevator, SnapCab® Pod and SnapCab® Portal — and lean manufacturing approach. In the decades since our start, we’ve received multiple honors from Inc. 5000, as well as the opportunity to work with organizations of all sizes, from Google to Independence Blue Cross.
SnapcabMarketing Assistant - ElevatorWith more than 20 years of experience and history, SnapCab® continues to serve as a pioneer with its innovative products — which include the SnapCab® Elevator, SnapCab® Pod and SnapCab® Portal — and lean manufacturing approach. In the decades since our start, we’ve received multiple honors from Inc. 5000, as well as the opportunity to work with organizations of all sizes, from Google to Independence Blue Cross.
Daft Brewing Company Inc.Pending - Operations CoordinatorA passion project that has been in the works for 3 years. This brewery is built to be the ultimate tap room for anyone who loves beer and socializing. A non-pretentious spot for craft beer drinkers of all levels. Whether you’re a novice hoping to try your first sip of craft beer or a seasoned veteran who’s sampled every beer across the province, the wide range of ever-changing-crazy-juice spewing from our taps will excite anyone interested in discovering beers true potential.
Leahurst CollegePending - Marketing and CommunicationsLeahurst College is a co-educational day school for academically strong, motivated, enthusiastic, empathetic, creative and kind students who are seeking an enriched educational experience, both academic and otherwise. The cornerstone of their program is a dynamic, university preparatory learning experience that will develop students’ potential and confidence.
Axon PropertiesPendingTheir mission as a Property Management Company is to take the best care of Real Estate Investment and Tenants. They ensure real estate assets are performing at maximum efficiency creating higher net income each month for the owner.
Canada Royal MilkPending - Site Tours Position

Feihe Canada Royal Milk (CRM), a division of Feihe International, is Ontario’s newest food manufacturing company, with production starting in September 2019.  Construction of the intelligent manufacturing facility is progressing quickly, and we are looking for people to join the team immediately.

CRM is a Canadian corporation established by Feihe International Inc. in October 2016.  Feihe International is the largest domestic producer of formula for infants and young children in the People's Republic of China, and the company recently celebrated its 56th year in business.  In 2018, Feihe was awarded the Gold Quality Award by Monde International (known as the Nobel Prize of the food industry) for the fourth consecutive year for its AstroBaby infant milk powder. 
Downtown Kingston! BIAPending - Marketing and Events AssistantThe Downtown Kingston! Business Improvement Area (BIA) is an association of more than 700 businesses and property owners located in the core commercial area of the City of Kingston. The association promotes Downtown Kingston! as the vibrant and healthy commercial, retail, residential, and entertainment centre of our region, attracting more people to live, shop, work and gather.
Kingston Automation Technology/Kingston Cannabis Inc.PendingWorld class experience in machine design & build, machine performance optimization, and manufacturing. Their clients have included small to large regional, national and international corporations who strive to continually evolve, grow and prosper.  They are in the business of understanding challenges and providing goal oriented solutions.
Server Cloud Canada Inc.PendingServer Cloud Canada (SCC) is a leader in the enterprise virtual datacentre environment, specializing in turnkey solutions that help companies of all sizes effectively and efficiently transition to a private cloud-based infrastructure.
Kingston Coffee HousePending - Operations AssistantKingston Coffee House is a locally owned coffee shop. They provide the finest freshly roasted, organic, fairtrade coffees & in house sandwiches and treats.

Past Apprentice Profiles

Justin Karch (ArtSci '18)

Justin was born and raised in Burlington, Ontario. While in high school Justin decided to attend Ryerson for a Social Work program. However, after his first year, Justin realized that social work and Ryerson were not the right fit. He decided to leave his home region to attend university in Kingston and study Global Development and Geography. The program at Queen’s offered Justin considerable flexibility in both curricular and extracurricular opportunities. Through his program, Justin was able to study in Shanghai, China, where he played on the Fudan University football team and completed a team research project at Foxconn. Upon returning to Canada, Justin’s international experience inspired him to become an orientation leader for incoming exchange students. During Justin’s time at Queen’s, he was involved with the AMS, including his positions as a Walkhome service staff and a manager at the Student Life Centre.

Justin’s experience at Queen’s culminated with finding the Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: Kingston program (then called Career Apprenticeship Pilot Program). Through this program, Justin found employment at Benefits By Design (BBD) as an operations specialist. Benefits By Design is a group insurance and enterprise solutions provider that specializes in small business. Justin’s position was rotational and allowed him to gain experience in a variety of roles, learning the many aspects of the business and the industry at large. The mentorship provided through the program allowed Justin to flourish and consider his options for the future. Justin has since received a promotion to business analyst and aspires to become a certified project manager, which he is on track to achieve.

Justin’s favourite parts of living and working in Kingston after graduation include: the ability to maintain close ties with Queen’s, including his friends and professors, the lifestyle of a smaller city, and the lower costs of living relative to many of his friends in larger cities.

Justin speaking about QCA:K: “It has truly been a great platform to start my professional career. Starting your first job after university is such a pivotal moment in a young person’s life. Having support from QCA:K has made this transition from student life to the workplace seamless.”


Careers Start Here

Dave Rideout, Senior Communications Officer, Queen's Gazette
May 10, 2019

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A Workforce Welcome

Eddie Daniels, Kingston Life
May 10, 2019

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Apprenticeship Opportunities for Graduating Students: A Conversation with Lindsey Fair and Tom Hewitt

A CFRC podcast
December 5, 2018

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Supporting future success

Anne Craig, Communications Officer, Queen's Gazette
Wednesday November 28, 2018

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Apprenticeship program aims to help Queen's arts graduates

Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard
November 27, 2018, 5:58 PM EST

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Ottawa philanthropist expands Queen’s arts apprenticeship program

Mike Postovit, Global News
November 16, 2018

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Apprenticeship program seeks businesses

Steph Crosier , Kingston Whig-Standard
Sunday, February 11, 2018 7:48:23 EST PM

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Career Services Job Search Workshops

Career Services offers workshops on Ramp up Your Resume, Conquer the Cover Letter, Winning Interviews, and more. The most current workshop schedule and signup is in MyCareer (check the calendar under the Events/Workshops tab). You can get 1-1 coaching at Drop In Career Advising (M-TH, 1:30-3:30 at Career Services) or by booking an appointment through MyCareer.