The Inuit Learning and Development Program
About the Program
The Inuit Learning and Development Program (ILDP) is a pre-employment and job training initiative aimed at helping Nunavut Inuit develop skills for potential jobs in the federal public service in Nunavut. This program supports the Government of Canada's efforts to build and maintain a representative public service in Nunavut, including meeting its obligations under Article 23 of the Nunavut Agreement.
The ILDP was piloted in 2013–2014 and again in 2016–2017. The program will now be run as a regular pre-employment training program led by Pilimmaksaivik, The Federal Centre of Excellence for Inuit Employment in Nunavut, hosted within CanNor.
Eighteen Nunavut Inuit successfully completed the program in the first two groups of the ILDP. Many of those graduates were successful in gaining permanent employment within the public service in Nunavut. A new ILDP group is expected to start in August 2019 and run until December 2020.
The ILDP is a 16 month program that includes four work rotation placements lasting four months at a time. Participants will get paid work assignments in different positions in the federal public service to gain first-hand experience working for Government of Canada departments and agencies in Nunavut. Pilimmaksaivik partners with the Canada School of Public Service as was well as other training providers to give ILDP participants regular group learning and training focused on skills development needed for Government employment. The participants are also matched with a mentor to assist them throughout the program, as well as on-the-job coaching to help contribute to their success.
The majority of the work placements for the ILDP will be based in Iqaluit. However, there will be a few rotations based in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut which would require participants to move between Iqaluit and Cambridge Bay during the program.
Relocation support will be available for participants applying outside of work placement communities. During the training program, participants will also receive (in addition to their salary) housing, vacation leave, vacation travel assistance (for themselves and eligible dependents), and support for training outside of the participant's work placement community.
The 2019–2020 ILDP group will feature a 'science stream' focused on providing Nunavut Inuit with scientific and field work related experience and training.
The ILDP 'science stream' will see a limited number of participants put in scientific work placements carried out by the federal government in Nunavut. This includes: land and resource management, environmental protection, monitoring and research, and/or coordination of environmental programs and policies. Participants interested in this stream do not need to have a higher education in the sciences, only a keen interest in gaining experience in scientific fields.
Participants who complete the 16-month program will gain work experience in several different federal government organizations and will develop a variety of office and client service skills. They will also be more aware of the opportunities available for careers in the public service. Participants will be provided with a personal learning plan that will outline recommended next stages of education and training for advancement in public service positions.
At the end of the program successful participants will be placed in an inventory for consideration for term or permanent jobs within the Government of Canada.
The following organizations and federal departments are participating in the program:
- Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
- Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC)
- Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
- Service Canada (SC)
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and Canadian Coast Guard (CCG)
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
- Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
- Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
- Parks Canada (PC)
- Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)
- Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR)
How to apply
Application forms are available: online, by email at Pilimmaksaivik@Canada.ca or at the following places:
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Kakivak Employment Centre
Kitikmeot Inuit Association
Please provide the following information when applying:
- Application form
- Reference list: Include contact information for 3 references. References can be current or previous teachers, employers, volunteer coordinators, etc.
- Letter of Interest: Explaining why you are interested in the ILDP (max.2 pages) — for example you may include details about why you are interested in the program, why you think you would be good for this program, what type of career you are interested and why and/or what you hope to gain from the ILDP.
- A resume outlining your skills and abilities, including life skills as well as any employment and job skills you may have. We would like to know about your education experience as well so be sure to include information about your highest level of schooling and any courses you have taken.
Assistance in filling out the application form, writing a letter of interest, and preparing a resume is provided at the following locations:
- Service Canada Offices (Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet, Cambridge Bay)
- Pilimmaksaivik Office — Building 1106 3rd floor
- Kakivak Employment Centre (Parnaivik Building 924, Iqaluit)
Completed applications can be:
- Emailed to Pilimmaksaivik@canada.ca
- Mailed to Pilimmaksaivik Office PO Box 610, Iqaluit, NU X0A0H0
- Dropped off at the Pilimmaksaivik Office at building 1106 3rd floor
- Faxed to 1-867-975-4560
Deadline for applications is at 5:00PM EST on Friday May 17, 2019