Student Mentorship Program

Program Open – Applications will be received up to NOON, March 12, 2020.


The Student Mentorship program brings students and mentors together to develop the skills, knowledge, attitudes, and connections students need as they transition into the world of work. Employers will match the student with an industry professional related to the student’s field of study or area of interest. The mentor will provide guidance and support to the student in career development and work-life balance, while creating opportunities for them to learn about the workplace. The program provides a subsidy to assist Employers to create paid mentoring opportunities in the agriculture, aquaculture, technology (e.g., environmental, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), aerospace, advanced manufacturing), forestry, mining, community, and oil and gas sectors for post-secondary students entering or returning to post-secondary studies in the upcoming school year.

The subsidy shall be 50 per cent up to $7.00 per hour towards the minimum wage. Employers can request subsidy for six (6) to eight (8) weeks, and up to 40 hours per week (a minimum of 25 hours per week must be provided to maintain the subsidy).

Employment must end on or before September 7, 2020.

Application Process

Eligibility for Students

  • Must be entering or returning to Post-Secondary training within the current year.
  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Not be an immediate family member of the employer as defined in the enclosed Terms and Conditions .
  • Students must be willing to work at least 25 hours per week in order for the employer to maintain the subsidy.
  • Students must apply directly to the employer.

Eligibility for Employers

  • Private sector employers from the Agriculture, Aquaculture, Fishery, Forestry, Oil and Gas, and Technology Sectors and the Community Sector
  • If incorporated be in good standing with the Company and Deeds Online (CADO)
  • Have a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Business Number
  • Have an office location/base in Newfoundland and Labrador

Employers approved for funding must submit an Activity and Financial Report along with a copy of the student’s payroll within 30 calendar days of the agreement end date.

How do I apply?

  • Employers must first Register in LaMPSS to be able to apply online. After registering, a password and user ID is provided.
  • Before beginning the application, please review the Guidelines and Requirements for eligibility and information required to be included in the application.
  • Employers are required to read the enclosed Terms and Conditions prior to submission of their application for funding.
  • Employers must complete and submit an Online Application in LaMPSS.
  • A Job/Position Description Form must be attached to the application in LaMPSS.
  • Employers can check the progress of their application by logging into LaMPSS and viewing the agreement status.
  • Employers applying for multiple locations throughout the province must complete a separate application for each area (i.e., Corner Brook, Clarenville).
  • Applicants are notified after a decision is made on the application, usually by mid-May.
  • Official approval will be the approval letter outlining the number of positions, hours per week and number of weeks approved, regardless of what is requested at time of application.
  • When approval is granted, employers must provide the name of the student to be hired within 14 calendar days and submit an enclosed PDF Student Contact and Consent form.
  • Employment must finish on or before September 7, 2020.

Deadline to Apply

  • Thursday, March 12, 2020 NOON, NDST.
  • Assessment of applications will begin after the deadline has passed.
  • Incomplete applications will result in delays.

Contact Information

Call: 1-800-563-6600
TTY: 1-866-729-4685

Decision-Making Process


Day 1: A complete application is received by the Department and assigned for assessment. An
incomplete application will result in delays.


Day 1-15: Assessment begins after the application deadline has passed. The application is reviewed
by the Department to ensure eligibility criteria are met. Applications may be prioritized for funding based on
various factors such as demand, alignment with the appropriate sectors and budget availability. Recommendations are
made to the approver.


Day 15-30: The delegated authority reviews assessment and ensures all information to make final
decision is on file. Applicant will be notified once approval has been granted or denied.