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Humanities Career Apprenticeship Program

Humanities Career Apprenticeship Program

This innovative program connects new graduates from the Faculty of Humanities at McMaster University with reputable Hamilton-based employers like you. Students can complete meaningful projects in a work environment that fosters learning, networking and development, and you will receive financial support to access a highly motivated and skilled talent pool.

In 2023/2024, the employer recruitment process will begin in October 2023, and apprentices will start in their first career roles in early May 2024.

For full program information, please view the employer information package.

Employer Requirements

To participate as an employer in this program, the following criteria must be met:

Once hired, employers must provide the apprentice with health and safety training.

Employers can hire a maximum of two apprentice employees in total.

Funding Model

Participating businesses will be reimbursed based on invoices submitted by the businesses.

The grant will total $10,000 per apprentice and will be distributed as follows: $5,000 after the apprentice has completed the first full month of employment (May 2024) and $5,000 after the apprentice has completed the 12th month of employment (April 2025). Employers must submit invoices to McMaster University to receive the funds.

Important Dates

January 26, 2024 – Final deadline for employer posting

January 29, 2024 – Postings open for student applications

February 21, 2024 – Employers receive application bundles (electronic)

February 26, 2024 to March 15, 2024 – Interviews take place   

March 22, 2024 – Ranking submission deadline

April 1, 2024 – Employer/students notified of rank/match result

April 8, 2024 – Employers notified of student response to offers

May 6, 2024 – Placements commence

Tips for Creating a posting that will get noticed

Here are some tips to increase the number of applications for your posting:

Skills Humanities Students Bring for Employers

Through their academic study, Humanities students develop valuable career skills, including the ability to:

Possible Roles for Humanities students

Potential employment opportunities for Humanities graduates include entry-level positions in the following areas:

Submit your Posting

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You can submit your posting by completing the online form (you cannot save your draft posting and return to it later) or complete the form by downloading the Humanities Career Apprenticeship Program Employer Package.

We encourage employers to submit their postings as soon as they are able.  The sooner a posting is submitted, the more attention it will receive from applicants.

The final deadline for employer postings is 4:00 p.m. on January 26, 2024.

Applicant Interview Process

Application bundles will be sent to you electronically on February 21, 2024.

Once you have reviewed your applications, you can opt to schedule interviews yourself, or if desired, Humanities Career Apprenticeship Program staff will coordinate interviews on your behalf. Interviews should be scheduled between February 26 and March 15, 2024. Interviews can take place either at your office location or virtually. You are not obligated to interview all applicants.

To request support from program staff to schedule your interviews, please contact with the following information:

Selection Process

After interviews have taken place, employers (and students) will rank their preferred choice(s). Please note that you should only submit the names of candidates whom you will hire should they be matched (i.e. if you interviewed four candidates and assessed that only two met your requirements, only submit those two names in your rankings):

Ranked 1st = Most valued candidate

Ranked 2nd = Second most valued candidate

Ranked 3rd = Third most valued candidate

Please be aware that some applicants may be interviewing with several companies and will be asked similarly to rank their preferred employers. All rankings are confidential, and the Humanities Career Apprenticeship Program will not release scores. This ranking process ensures the most compatible matches that will benefit both employers and the applicants.

To keep the process on track, we ask that you submit your rankings no later than March 22, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. Once the ranking process has been completed, the program will inform the employers of the match. Successful applicants will only be offered one position on the highest match score between both employer and applicant. Please note that the employers must agree to adhere to these ranking principles to participate in the Humanities Career Apprenticeship Program. Please do not make offers to candidates until the program has given you written confirmation that the match has been made. Failing to follow program guidelines may result in a loss of financial reimbursement.


Employers will receive $5,000 after the apprentice has completed their first month of employment and $5,000 after the apprentice has completed their final month.

To receive the funds, employers must send an invoice after the apprentice completes the first full month of employment (typically May) and then again for the final month of employment (typically April).

For questions before submitting a posting or for receiving funding, please contact:

Karol Murillo
Senior Business Development Consultant
Economic Development, City of Hamilton

For questions once your position posting has been submitted, please contact:
Cristina Foley
Manager, Career and Experiential Programs
Faculty of Humanities

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