Level UP

Empowering student talent from top schools across Canada to match with paid short-term, remote projects from thousands of diverse employers. Let's bridge learning and work.

Advance Ontario

A fully remote internship program in collaboration with the Ministry of Colleges & Universities, beginning in September 2023. This program will help underserved Ontario students build skills and earn paid work experience while completing employer-led projects on the Riipen platform alongside a supportive community of their peers.

ICT Ignite

Lighthouse Labs and the Government of Canada in partnership with post-secondary, community, and industry partners have come together to provide an opportunity for 1,700 Canadians to shape a better future for themselves and their families — at no cost.

Based on these criteria, you may be eligible to attend a retraining program to learn in-demand digital skills, and benefit from a series of essential skills-development workshops and events with employers to help you navigate the job market, and even support services to jump start your journey.

ICTC Beyond the Cloud

Empowering Canadian employers to help drive the development of the digital technology sector with 4-week digital infrastructure internships from July to August 2024. Tap into 40-75 hours of highly skilled professionals at no cost and get the help you need from database administrators, network administrators, cloud engineers, cloud architects, cloud administrators, dev ops, and back end developers.

Ascent UP

The AscentUP program focuses on equipping individuals with the necessary skills and professionalism to excel from day one. Through targeted, professional development training and dedicated 1-on-1 coaching, we ensure our learners are not just ready but are adept at engaging in any professional environment.

At AscentUP, we combine career development resources with personalized coaching to enhance our students' professional capabilities. This approach aligns closely with your projects, providing you with candidates who are prepared to contribute meaningfully to your organization and to grow within their careers.


Employer Provided Innovation Challenges (EPIC) is an initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and is made possible by the generous support of American Student Assistance (ASA) and the Walton Family Foundation. EPIC provides learners and workers with access to authentic, employer-sponsored project-based learning through a network of business associations and other challenge providers. EPIC provides employers as well as education and workforce development partners with a standardized platform to scale and credential employer-sponsored challenges that support career awareness, exploration, and development. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is working with its national network of business associations and employers to make authentic project-based learning available at scale.
Read more about EPIC here


The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)  is the major national organization that focuses on services to leaders of independent colleges and universities and state-based councils. CIC and Riipen have joined forces in a multi-year project to benefit 25 member institutions.This collaboration aims to integrate work-based learning opportunities into up to 375 courses led by 125 faculty members and impacting up to 11,250 students.
Read more about CIC here

RBC Future Launch

RBC FutureLaunch and Riipen partnered in 2019 to deliver 27,000 work-integrated learning (WIL) experiences, with a renewed engagement of 20,000 additional placements by 2026.
Read more about RBC Future Launch here

Diverse Tech Talent Program

DTTP is a unique program designed to address a critical issue in the tech industry: the underrepresentation of Black Canadians and newcomers aged 18-35. With a focus on diversity and innovation, DTTP is poised to shape the future of tech.

DTTP participants complete specialized skills training, received mentorship, and have participated in an innovation hackathon. The final phase of their certificate connects tech talent with forward-thinking employers to gain practical experience in the industry.
Read more about DTTP here

Eco Pathways

The Environmental Employability Pathways (EEP) program is part of the government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) Program aims to help youth who have faced barriers navigate through the labour market and develop skills to transition into sustained employment successfully.
Read more about Eco Pathways here

Talented YCC

Talented YYC, an initiative fostered by Calgary Economic Development in partnership with a coalition of academic institutions, offers a platform to connect local employers with student talent via valuable work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities. This mission-driven program is crafted to arm the upcoming generation with practical skills and experiences through capstone projects integral to their academic programs. By targeting up to 300 learners organized into teams of 3-4, Talented YYC is set to deliver WIL projects that are not only a culmination of students' learning journeys but also a stepping stone into their future careers, focusing on critical areas such as Marketing, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Social Innovation.

Talented YYC aims to nurture Calgary's talent ecosystem by bridging the gap between academia and the workplace. The program's objectives include providing hands-on, real-world challenges to students completing their first degree or diploma at a Calgary post-secondary institution. While employers across Alberta are encouraged to participate, there's a particular emphasis on those based in Calgary, ensuring that the local economy directly benefits from these learners' fresh perspectives and skills. The capstone WIL projects ensure that students graduate with theoretical knowledge and the essential workplace competencies and professional networks that will propel their careers and contribute to the region's economic vitality.
Read more about Talented YYC here

CAEL (The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning)

Funded by the Truist Foundation, this project aims to support upskilling adult learners and develop practical experiences. The CAEL and Truist Foundation partnership encompasses a six-year multicity initiative that prioritizes Black, Indigenous, and persons of color (BIPOC) as well as underserved communities by building career paths in professions and industries historically unavailable to them, such as financial services.

ACCES Employment

ACCES Employment’s Experiential Learning program brings together companies and internationally trained talent through a unique workplace project experience.The initiative gives companies the opportunity to preview potential talent by engaging with skilled internationally trained professionals on a practical workplace project, gain insights, new solutions and different perspectives on workplace projects, and help internationally trained professionals to acquire valuable and practical knowledge of Canadian workplaces.
Read more about ACCES Employment here

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