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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 will gain an opportunity to 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 2022/2023, the third year of the program, we aim to provide funding for up to 15 positions. The employer recruitment process will begin in December 2022, and apprentices will start in their first career roles in early May 2023.

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 are able to hire a maximum of two apprentice employees

Funding Model

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, 2023), and $5,000 after the apprentice has completed the 12th month of employment (April, 2024).  Employers must submit invoices to McMaster University in order to receive the funds.

Important Dates

    CLOSED – Final deadline for employer posting

    January 25, 2023 – Postings open for student applications

    February 20, 2023 – Employers receive application bundles (electronic)

    February 27,2023 – March 17,2023 – Interviews take place   

    March 24, 2023 – Ranking submission deadline

    March 31, 2023 – Employer/students notified of rank/match result

    April 11, 2023 – Employers notified of student response to offers

    May 1, 2023 – 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 are not able to 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 4:00pm on January 20, 2023.

Applicant Interview Process

Application bundles will be sent to you electronically on February 20, 2023.

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 during the weeks of February 27 and March 17, 2023. 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 who 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 is designed to ensure 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 24, 2023 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 loss of financial reimbursement.


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

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

For questions prior to 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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