Career Edge and the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) have joined forces to connect municipalities across Ontario with new graduates (GRDs), graduates with disabilities (GWDs) and internationally qualified professionals (IQPs) who are striving to launch their career in municipal government.
A pilot program, AMCTO Edge, aims to help municipalities attract, recruit, and retain energetic and enthusiastic talent through Career Edge’s paid internship model, which offers GRDs, GWDs, and IQPs a distinct route to meaningful career-launching opportunities.
AMCTO Edge is intended to support municipalities’ succession planning strategies while ensuring diversity in the workforce, as Baby Boomers continue to leave the labour force en masse. The program will offer talented GRDs, GWDs and IQPs the chance to gain practical experience in their field of study and areas of interest.
Through AMCTO Edge, experienced municipal managers will be provided with a way to transfer institutional knowledge to the next generation of professionals, through on-the-job-learning opportunities, to ensure the cost-effective continuance of Ontario’s government services and socio-economic infrastructure.
AMCTO Edge will offer paid internships in a wide range of municipal management and administrative roles including information technology (IT), administration, human resources, and engineering.
It is quite clear that municipalities could benefit from the rich experiences of qualified candidates. It is high time newcomers to Canada, people with disabilities and qualified and energetic new graduates get the opportunity to finding a career in municipal government.