Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: KINGSTON

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

 
Are you graduating this year? Wondering how you’ll gain meaningful employment? Launch your career this May through Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: Kingston (QCA:K).

This innovative program aims to match soon-to-be graduating Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences students with leading local employers to provide a great first work experience. You’ll gain a one-year, full-time, paid, career apprenticeship in beautiful Kingston, Ontario, along with mentorship and networking opportunities to ensure your success long-term.
 

Why QCA:K?

QCA:K is an opportunity to invest in and build your professionalism while contributing to the growth of a local organization.

  • Paid experience: apprenticeships pay a minimum yearly salary of $35,000.
  • Exclusive opportunities: exclusive access to a pool of professional roles.
  • Mentorship: be placed with a mentor to receive guidance and support during your first year in the workforce.
  • Skill building: develop skills and competencies that build your resume for the next role.
  • Networking: build valuable connections with individuals and organizations to support your professional development and obtain your first professional reference.

 

Ranked the best city in Canada for young, talented workers and the 3rd best place to live in Canada, Kingston is home to a balanced and diverse economy that offers opportunities to people of all backgrounds.

Kingston's culture of innovation and entrepreneurship is thriving and bringing with it new people, big ideas, and a fresh outlook on how to drive economic development in the community.

The Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: Kingston Program (QCA:K) looks to integrate a new generation of young, skilled professionals who will bring a new and exciting approach to employers within Kingston.

How are you going to make a difference in Kingston?

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View postings and apply in MyCareer 

Opportunities will start to be posted in January/February 2022. Check back soon!

Apply to multiple roles to increase employment offers. 

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To apply for positions under the Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: Kingston (QCA:K) program, students must be:

  • Completing their final year of undergraduate studies and have applied to graduate in the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • Registered in a Bachelor of Arts degree and majoring in the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences disciplines.
  • Willing to commit to 12 consecutive months of full-time employment in Kingston starting in May 2022.
  • Eligible for full-time employment in Canada at the time of submitting their application.

If you are unsure if your major will qualify for the program, please reach out to the Experiential Learning Coordinator at asc.el@queensu.ca.

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If you have a question about the program or want to learn more, please join us at one of our informational sessions.

Drop-In Sessions
Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00 am -noon until February 17, 2022.

Have questions about the program or want help preparing for the competitive process? Meet with the Program Coordinator to have your questions answered and receive coaching on your resume/cover letter, interview process, references, and more.

Register


Program Information Webinar
Thursday, February 3, 2022, at 5:00-6:00 pm EST.

Join us for a networking session with apprentices, employers, and/or members of the founders group.

You will learn:

  • How to access and apply for positions
  • The young professional community in Kingston
  • What careers were started by the program
  • The potential mentors supporting the program
  • What resources are available to you

Register

These events are the perfect opportunity to speak with previous participants and employers..

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January 27 or February 1, 2022 – Attend “Ramp up Your Resume” Workshop

February 15 or 24, 2022 – Attend “Conquer the Cover Letter” Workshop

February 10 – deadline for employers to submit positions

February 27, 2022 – Application deadline midnight

February 22 or March 9, 2022 – Attend “Winning Interviews” Part 1 and/or 2

* It is beneficial to have attended Part 1 Fundamental Strategies before Part 2 Advanced Practices, but not required.

March 3 – 28, 2022 – Interviewing window

April 1, 2022 – Deadline to submit rankings

April 15, 2022 – contracts issued and signed / deadline to accept offers

May 1, 2022 – Apprenticeship commences!

To learn more about upcoming workshops and to register visit the “Career Readiness Resources” tab.

Download program timeline.

 
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Put your best foot forward! Access free support for writing your resume and/or cover letter, and polishing your interview skills.

QCA:K provides career and employment readiness supports through Career Services workshops and, 1-1 advising with a Career Advisor. The most current workshop schedule and signup is in MyCareer (check the calendar under the Events/Workshops tab). You can also book a 1-1 coaching sessions for a resume/cover letter review or a practice interview (check the calendar under the Appointments tab). 

Appointments:

  • Drop-In Career Advising (M-TH, 1:30-3:30 or book an appointment)
  • Resume/Cover Letter Coaching (book a Resume Review)
  • Interview Practice (book a Career Consultation)

Career Services Online Resources:

QyourFuture

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Will Shields (ArtSci ’21)

Justin Karch (ArtSci '18)

Carmen Song (ArtSci '18)

Nour Mazloum (ArtSci '19)

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For a list of employers and positions that previously participated, please see below.

Employer

Position

Aureus Solutions Inc.

Environmental Technical Writer

Axon Properties

Office and Accounting Assistant

Cher-Mère Canada

Digital Media Coordinator

Chris James Kingston

Administrative and Communications Assistant

Creative Display Technologies

Media Sales

Downtown Kingston! BIA

Marketing and Events Assistant

Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation

Business Advisor

Habitat for Humanity

Community Outreach Associate

Historic Inns Kingston Group

Grant Writing and Communications Manager

HR On Demand

Inside Sales Administrator

Administrative Assistant

Improbable Escapes

Operations Assistant

Video Content Creator

Kinarm (BNKIN Technologies Ltd.)

Communications Apprentice

Leahurst College

Marketing and Business Operations Associate

Coordinator of Enrichment Studies and Administrative Support

Little Giant’s Rockin’ Dog Town

Manager of Operations and Social Media

MaxSold

Content Writer

Skeleton Park Brewery

Marketing Coordinator and Front of House Manager

Sherlock’s Escapes

Operations Manager

Digital Media Coordinator

Snapcab

Marketing Assistant – Community Engagement

Thousand Islands Playhouse

Marketing Intern

Marketing and Development Assistant

Telecom Metric

Account Coordinator

Technical Solutions Specialist

Troon Technologies

Account Manager

Product Manager

VIVA Productions

Digital Media
Coordinator

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Gold Award for Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: Kingston

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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Giving graduates a jumpstart on new careers

By Faculty of Arts and Science Communications Staff
Sunday, May 2, 2021

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Arts & Science Benefactor Recognized for Philanthropic Efforts

Arts and Science Faculty News
November 17, 2020

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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

have a listen

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

watch and read

Apprenticeship program seeks businesses

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

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Is the program open to distance learning student graduates?

Yes, being a distance learning student does not exclude you from the program. If employers wish to facilitate phone appointments or skype interviews, this will be at their discretion. Most employers we have found are willing to be flexible.

Is program open to students that graduated this past Fall?

For this year, we will accept student applications from those that are graduating with an undergraduate Faculty of Arts and Science degree with a major in the Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, or Humanities during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Does this program include all university programs, including 'direct entry' or just BA / BSc - for instance, could Fine Arts or BMus or KINE do this?

The program is focused on students in the liberal arts, humanities, social sciences programs and therefore open to students studying Arts, Fine Arts or BMus. Students graduating with a BSc. will not be considered at this time.

Is there a fee to apply?

No.

Where do students apply?

Please sign in to your MyCareer account and select the Queen’s Career Apprenticeship: Kingston (QCA:K) module. Please review the application details as described in each job posting.

Will this show on their transcripts and/or diploma?

No.

If I have completed the QUIP program, may I apply for this program?

Yes, this is an additional opportunity after graduation.

Is this an apprenticeship program like a trades apprenticeship?

This program is a learning opportunity, just as trades apprenticeships are, but this is a unique program designed for new university graduates to accelerate their first year employed post-graduation.

What other important information should I know before submitting an application?

All candidates must be eligible for full-time employment in Canada at the time of submitting their application

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