The federal government recently announced an investment of up to $1,798,500 for Western University’s Research and Development Park.
This contribution will allow current and future graduates of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs gain real-world business skills and experience through internships with small and medium-sized businesses in the Middlesex and Sarnia-Lambton regions.
“Our government is committed to creating jobs and growth in London and all across southern Ontario,” said Truppe. “Today’s investment will equip STEM students with real-world experience, while providing businesses in our community with technical knowledge and innovative ideas to help them succeed.”
This investment is being provided through FedDev Ontario’s Graduate Enterprise Internship, which provides funding for not-for-profit organizations and post-secondary institutions to arrange internship and mentoring opportunities for recent graduates and graduate students with small and medium-sized enterprises.
“The Research Park and the Stiller Centre are excited to have the opportunity to have a lasting, positive impact on small and medium-sized enterprises in the region and to be able to assist STEM graduates who are looking to find entry level employment in their fields.” said Lee Smithson, Managing Director of the Stiller Centre for Technology Commercialization.
“The partnerships that this program builds will provide companies with the fresh ideas, skills and perspective these recent graduates bring and provide these young people a structured mentoring plan, exposing them to the management and strategies needed to succeed in their business sector.