Accessibility Work Experience Program

The Accessibility Work Experience Program (AWEP) provides meaningful employment opportunities for U of A students and alumni who have permanent disabilities and/or mental health diagnoses.

Information for Employers

Receive a wage subsidy between $12.50/hour and $15/hour for a four-to-six-month position to be filled by U of A students or alumni with disabilities who are seeking positions that align with their level of education and experience. The wage subsidy amount is based on the type of position and appropriate salary level; the wage subsidy can cover up to 80% of a participant’s wage with the expectation that employers will top-up this amount.

Benefits
These positions will support your organization by:

  • Creating a culture of inclusion
  • Increasing your organizational reputation
  • Elevating your degree of organizational citizenship

The Career Centre will provide you with ongoing coaching and support to help increase your company's capacity to integrate employees with disabilities into the workplace.

View the Google Presentation: Accommodations in the Workplace 

View the Google Presentation: Disability Disclosure

Position Guidelines
To help students/alumni develop meaningful employable skills and professional networks, positions must meet the following guidelines:

  • Provide quality work experience that will develop the participants' skills and provide professional development opportunities.
  • Be no longer than 26 weeks.
    • We are currently recruiting for both full- and part-time positions, and summer work experience opportunities.
  • Pay a salary appropriate to the type of position.
    • The wage subsidy ranges from $12.50-$15/hour with the expectation that employers will top-up this amount - we can subsidize up to 80% of a participant's wage.
  • Pay all Mandatory Employment-Related Costs.
  • Identify a supervisor for the participant who will agree to support the intern (e.g. provide time during or away from work) in developing employable skills, build their professional network and complete the requirements of the internship (see below for details).

We are currently accepting employer applications.
Contact awep@ualberta.ca for more information and to apply.

Information for Students and Alumni

If you are interested in applying for a job through the Accessibility Work Experience Program, email the program coordinator at awep@ualberta.ca. If eligible, the program coordinator will provide you with feedback about your resume and cover letter, and work with you to assess the types of accommodations you may need in the workplace and how to communicate your needs to prospective employers.

Benefits
This program aims to help you:

  • Enhance your employable skills
  • Increase your self-advocacy skills
  • Expand your work experience
  • Build your network of professional contacts

Eligibility
To be eligible to apply for AWEP job postings, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Self-identify as having a permanent mental or physical disability that restricts your ability to perform daily activities and require assistance to prepare for, obtain, and maintain employment.
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident or refugee legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Committed to and able to complete the program.
  • Is not eligible for assistance under Employment Insurance.

This program is funded by the Government of Canada's Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities.