NPower: Employer-Designed Training & Internships: Closing the Skills Gap

Certain industries anticipate increasing demand for entry-level workers, and fear a skills gap will limit their growth and productivity. Meanwhile, without adequate training opportunities, many youth lack the skills – technical and/or soft – to qualify for or succeed in entry-level positions. It’s vital for employers to work jointly with governments, educational institutions and non-profit agencies to design, deliver, and recruit for training programs to benefit both youth and employers.

Incubated by CivicAction and other partners, NPower Canada is building the pipeline of future talent through private-sector led employment training and paid internship opportunities.

NPower Canada launches underserved young adults into meaningful and sustainable careers. The program provides participants with free in-demand digital and professional skills training, and connects them to new and rewarding career opportunities with some of Canada’s largest employers.


Over 80% of NPower Canada Alumni are employed or pursuing higher education within 6 months of graduation. 


92% of supervisors report that new hires from NPower Canada consistently meet or exceed expectations.

“To me, NPower is exactly what I could have asked for in a program. Monetary need would always lead to me choosing employment over continued schooling, but the problem with employment was the need for continued schooling to move up. As school is expensive with or without a loan, I was stuck. Then came NPower, breaking the mold.”

“The technical training has been great, but the networking, site visits, guest speakers and professional development have also been invaluable. I want to say being part of this program has opened so many doors for me. Doors I wasn’t always privy to.”

—NPower Canada’s first graduating students

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