Talent MATCH

Supporting Museums, Arts, Tourism, Culture, and Hospitality Organizations

Have you thought about hiring a student? Student talent can bring fresh skills to your organization, help you pivot digitally, and increase capacity—they can help your organization recover and innovate! But if maneuvering the post-secondary system is daunting or you lack the funds to hire a new team member… good news!

Talent MATCH will help you navigate the whole process with a focus on the needs of Museums, Arts, Tourism, Culture, and Hospitality (MATCH) organizations. Talent MATCH can:

  • identify funding sources;
  • connect you with post-secondary programs; and,
  • help you recruit and onboard remote students so your organization can recover, innovate, and grow.

Talent MATCH staff will guide MATCH organizations in working with a post-secondary institution to fill needed roles. In addition to one-on-one support, the Program equips you with downloadable toolkits and webinars on the process to secure funding, recruit, and onboard students.

Student talent can help you solve short-term labour needs, tackle projects, assist with fundraising, and help your organization digitally innovate—whether that’s creating a digital exhibit, helping with marketing, or finding tools to support staff working remotely.

Organizations of all sizes are eligible and we’re happy to discuss your needs and questions individually.

Access the Talent MATCH Program

Free One-on-One Support

This free program is a benefit to members of the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture, the BC Museums Association, and go2HR: BC’s tourism human resource association.

Talent MATCH is funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training in partnership with the Association of Cooperative Education & Work Integrated Learning BC/Yukon (ACE-WIL).

Talk to one of our advisors to learn which student talent programs can best fit your organizational needs. We will connect you to the appropriate post-secondary school(s) and help you identify funding sources and wage subsidies.

Throughout the process, we are available for any questions you have regarding student talent. Contact us at talentmatch@acewilbc.ca to set up a free advising session.

Contact us at Talent MATCH


Coming Soon! Register here:

Info Session: Canadian Museums Association’s Young Canada Works Programs

The Canadian Museums Association delivers two of four Young Canada Works Programs—YCW in Heritage Organizations (YCW-HO) for students returning to school, and YCW at Building Careers in Heritage (YCW-BCH) which supports hiring post-secondary graduates. These programs provide up to 75% of the salary for a student or recent graduate. Join the Info Session on Tuesday, December 7th at 1:00pm (Pacific).

Click here to register!

Recordings of Past Webinars

Talent MATCH’s Introductory Webinar

Program overview, funding info from TECHNATION (a Student Work Placement Program Delivery Partner), and types of work-integrated learning.

Watch the webinar and download the slides

BC Arts Council’s Early Career Development Program & Other Programs

BC Arts Council Program Officers share information on various funding programs offered that supports artists and cultural workers throughout their careers, with a focus on the Early Career Development Program.

Watch the webinar and download the slides

Info Session on the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

Featuring two SWPP delivery partners: ICTC WIL Digital and Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s Talent Opportunities Program. They review fundable student positions, employer and student eligibility, and how to apply for this student wage subsidy.

Watch the webinar and download the slides

Info Session on Mitacs Business Strategy Internship & Accelerate Programs:

Learn more about Mitacs’ Business Strategy Internship Program and their Accelerate Program and how these matching funds can help you hire a student to propel your organization forward.

Watch the webinar and download the slides

Info Session on Propel: A New Wage Subsidy

Offered through Tourism HR Canada, Propel is specifically designed to support the tourism and hospitality sector. Learn how your organization can access a wage subsidy of up to $7,500 per student and how to bring on students from hospitality and tourism management, culinary arts, and other programs. This info session was recorded on Monday, November 15th, 2021.

Watch the webinar and download the slides

Info Session: Cultural Human Resources Council’s Student Work Placement Program Wage Subsidy (SWPP)

The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening Canada’s cultural workforce—and they are now offering a new SWPP specifically focused on helping arts and culture organizations bring students on board with a wage subsidy. This info session was recorded on Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021.

Watch the webinar and download the slides

Helpful Links

The Talent MATCH program is a partnership between the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture, the BC Museums Association, go2HR, and ACE-WIL.

Find out about the various types of work-integrated learning student talent available in BC.

Search for available student talent programs in BC (note, not sector specific).

Search for student talent programs directed at tourism and hospitality.

Use ACE-WIL to Post an Opportunity to share your job posting across multiple post-secondary schools in BC.

Review additional resources produced by ACE-WIL on best practices on hiring student talent.