Getting paid to study is possible

Not yet decided on your career choice? Do you want to quit your job for a more inspiring profession? That’s good: Quebec has such a great need for labor in certain sectors of the economy that you can now get paid to study.

Not in just any discipline, of course, as the scholarship programs are in line with the goals of the government, which has given itself through 2026 to add 170,000 workers in six areas considered priority: 110,000 in information technology, construction and engineering, and 60,000 in healthcare, education and childcare.

However, options are not limited to a college degree (DEC) in pre-primary education and a bachelor’s degree in engineering or nursing. Even the baccalaureate in dance qualifies, provided you choose the learning concentration.

If you want to earn an Attestation of Collegial Studies (AEC) or take a simple evening and weekend refresher course, other programs may be of interest to you. “It is an opportunity to seize,” said Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity Jean Boulet in an interview with News† “There are currently basic needs in strategic sectors. According to him, the opportunity to discover a new field and improve his working conditions at the same time is a great opportunity.

If you are already in the job market and want to grow the ranks of these sectors without losing, there are several options available to you. In any case, the government recommends that you first knock on the door of your nearest Services Québec office so that an agent can tell you if you are indeed eligible for the various programs, depending on your profile and your skills.

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$9,000 to complete a DEC

Beginning in the fall of 2022, the Quebec government will offer incentive scholarships to students enrolled full-time in certain programs leading to jobs in engineering, information technology, health, education, or conservation.

Students who choose one of 30 eligible college programs can receive $1,500 after each semester completed, or $9,000 for a three-year program. University students can receive $2,500 for each session completed, or $15,000 for a three-year program and $20,000 for a four-year program. Enough to cover mandatory fees for most programs, in addition to paying for transportation, textbooks, or the apartment.

The list of eligible courses includes technical courses at the college level and university courses at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate levels. Scholarship applications can be submitted from January 2023, and students who are in the second or third year of the respective programs may also receive a scholarship, but only for sessions completed as of fall 2022.

$650 a week to study techno

Students enrolled full-time in an eligible college or university program (specifically college or university certificates) can receive $650 per week for the duration of the degree, and $1,950 upon graduation. The possibilities are many: for example, AECs in graphic design, cybersecurity or video game programming, as well as university training in computer science or e-commerce. In this case, the Information and Communication Technology Requalification and Support Program (PRATIC) foots the bill.

Students who begin their studies before December 31, 2022 will not be required to pay tuition or other fees due under an agreement between the government and educational institutions, and those who begin their studies after December 1er January 2023 can apply for loans and scholarships.

But be aware, there are two conditions: being unemployed and not having been a full-time student in the past 12 months. Of course, one must also meet the admission criteria of each educational institution.

By May 13, 2022, more than 5,400 people had completed training through PRATIC or were in the process of completing training, more than double the target set when the program launched in the summer of 2021. Minister Boulet now hopes that 8,500 people will benefit in the coming years, without revealing a specific timeline.

New skills at low cost

There is no need to quit your job to improve your professional prospects at a low cost. For example, the Level up program offers employees in the Montreal area part-time training for two dollars an hour, giving them quick access to auto mechanics, graphic design or even programming. Since the duration of the training ranges from 15 to 60 hours, you can get by with an improvement that will cost you up to $120.

The same program also offers full-time professional and technical training lasting an average of 10 months, as well as full-time advanced training lasting 2 to 4 months. In both cases, these are training courses that allow the acquisition of highly sought-after skills (for example, in the field of non-life insurance, computer-aided manufacturing or e-commerce) and which reimburse the fees owed, transport costs and even childcare costs under certain conditions. become.

Since the Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité social does not specify the conditions, it is best to check with Services Québec whether you are entitled to these allowances. Programs similar to those in Montreal are also offered in the Montérégie, Chaudière-Appalaches, Centre-du-Québec, and Lanaudière regions.

Training in business

In the private sector, job boards are full of job postings for which training is paid. There are of course a lot of “jobines”, these jobs with not too favorable conditions, but that’s not all. In just a few clicks, there are job openings for over $25 an hour, including training, to become a flight attendant, insurance broker, or ventilation technician, for example.

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