This release was issued under a previous government.

The program is designed to benefit students seeking work experience and employers who can offer support.

“Through STEP, our government is helping open doors for students to gain valuable work experience. At the same time, we’re supporting employers who hire students. This is especially important during these challenging times.”

Christina Gray, Minister of Labour

“My experience as an educator has shown me that opportunities to learn through programs like STEP give students a strong leg up in the job market. STEP positions will be available throughout Edmonton and surrounding areas for the benefit of our students. I encourage all local employers to learn more about STEP and how this program could benefit their business.”

Indigenous Relations Minister Richard Feehan, MLA for Edmonton Rutherford

Information sessions are being held across the province, and provide interested employers with information on eligibility criteria and the application process for STEP. Employers can apply for STEP until February 29, 2016. Application forms are available online at

Several sessions have already been held in Edmonton, and additional dates may be added in the near future.

STEP will provide employers who hire students with a wage subsidy of $7 an hour for work opportunities between four and 16 weeks. STEP positions will be distributed fairly across sectors and across the province. Students must be in high school or post-secondary and returning to school full-time in the fall.

For more information about STEP webinars or upcoming presentations, employers can sign up for an email subscription service at