Projects you wish you had time for completed by VFC ‘Intrapreneurs.’

Over 7 weeks, VFC pays students to complete your side-of-the-desk projects. We’re committed to diversifying the talent of startup SMEs. You’ll move the needle on access to work experience for underserved communities. 

 

Diversify your pipeline
VFC Intrapreneurs are students selected to participate in our program. We look at their skill set, motivation and ambition. You might just make your next great hire after they’ve already made an impact on your company.
One or Multiple
Gain project support from either an individual student with a hyperfocus scope or a  multifaceted group of students offering diverse perspectives on the project. More students = more hours spent on your project.
Breakdown Barriers
You’ll contribute to making the Canadian workforce more diverse, equitable and accessible. VFC foots the bill and provides each student with a stipend for their work with you.
Up to 70
Up to 350
10-20 Hours

How it works

Submit an application
We want to learn more about your company and the projects you need support on. We review applications every 2-3 business days and are looking to ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria and have the right opportunities.  See the details section below for a list of projects.
Attend Onboarding Webinar
Employers who meet our base criteria are invited to an onboarding webinar. You’ll learn the program timelines and expectations, receive project development coaching, and, and gain insights into fostering a healthy environment for underserved folks.
Post your Project
Receive access to our project portal and share the details of your upcoming project(s). Once we approve your posting, we can start matching student(s) that fit the skills profile you outlined in the project proposal.
Project Confirmed
We’ll confirm once your project has been matched and the students are ready to start. We’ll introduce you to your students, and offer communication tools and student support tips. After your confirmation is sent, the project can start.
Network with Students
You—or a colleague—will have a networking coffee chat with each of your students. This is an awesome opportunity to get to know your Intrapreneurs a little better, and promote more of your business’s departments to curious youth.
Mentorship
While the student(s) are working on your project, you’ll check in with your Intrapreneurs on a weekly basis. These meetings will support the project's progress, solidifying the group's teamwork, as well as give you more experience managing and mentoring youth.
See the Project come to fruition
After 7 weeks, students will present their projects to you. Feedback can be shared directly with the student in person. Additionally, you’ll complete a short feedback form for each student, rating their entrepreneurial skill development.
Repeat
Once you're deemed eligible as an employer, you can skip steps 1 and 2 and post a project again! Continue to work with Intrapreneurs and build an ongoing talent pipeline.
"Young Canadians can often face challenges as they transition from school to work, and these have only increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever, it is important to encourage inclusive access to education, connections and experiences that prepare all Canadians for successful careers. As a leader in innovative work-integrated learning, VFC will help Canadian students gain the relevant, real-life work experience they need to enter the workforce.”
The Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion

We designed our program to prioritize underserved communities

To be eligible for the Intrapreneurship Program, you must:

  • Operate in any Canadian province or territory
  • Have less than 500 staff
  • Be interested in diversifying voices and talent at your organization
Marketing, Data Analysis, Strategy, Communications, Human Resources, and Business Model Analysis are just a few examples of projects.
30, 50 or 70 hour projects are accepted.
Underserved communities consist of
  • BIPOC
  • Newcomers to Canada
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Women in studying STEM fields
  • Students living in rural/non-urban communities
  • Please note: international students are not eligible for the program because of our funder restrictions. See more here on the Canadian Government’s website.
Students are selected to participate based on their skill-sets and ambition to solve real-world business challenges.