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 is a new program that 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.

Get MATCH-ed with Skilled Student Talent to Recover and Innovate

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 digital marketing, or finding digital 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, Training, and Skills 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

On-demand webinars

Talent MATCH’s Introductory Webinar featuring:

Program Overview, Funding Information from TECHNATION (a Student Work Placement Program Delivery Partner), Info on Types of Work Integrated Learning, and Interviews with Students

Watch the webinar now Download the webinar slides

Info Session on BC Arts Council’s Early Career Development Program & Other Programs Supporting Artists & Cultural Workers featuring:

BC Arts Council Program Officers Erin Macklem and Michelle Benjamin share information about various funding programs offered that support artists and cultural workers throughout their careers, with a focus on the Early Career Development Program. They offer guidance on eligibility, how to apply, and answer questions about the process.

Watch the webinar now Download the webinar slides

Coming soon!


The SWPP Info Session will feature representatives from two SWPP delivery partners: Cheryl Serpanchy, the Regional Coordinator at ICTC WIL Digital [https://www.wil-ait.digital/en/], and Louie Di Palma, the Director of SME Programs at the Talent Opportunities Program [https://occ.ca/talent-opportunities-program/]. They will review student positions their programs can fund, employer and student eligibility criteria, and how to apply.

This info session is free, but you must register for it here. [https://uvic.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMoceyspzIjG9Nd6zTs-KLHbY_-O4IpARGu]

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.