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On the morning of September 5, 2017, SAP Labs Vancouver welcomed a very special guest – the Honorable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development, and Labour. SAP Vancouver was the minister’s final stop on a cross-country tour, and the fitting venue for a significant announcement on the Canadian government’s future support of paid internships in STEM disciplines. Offering over 200 paid internships, SAP Canada is recognized as a leader in employing young workers and contributing to the development of new talent in the tech sector – one of the primary reasons Minister Hajdu chose to make her announcement at Labs Vancouver.

Prior to the announcement, Minister Hajdu received an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at some innovative spaces in Labs Vancouver. Andrea Ton, Product Marketing Specialist Intern, demo’d SAP’s real-time contextual information and ad hoc analysis system, SAP Digital Boardroom. Interns Emilie Pederson and Kevin Ng demonstrated SAP’s commitment to environmental sustainability with the Internet of Waste Bins Project, a tool developed at SAP Vancouver’s d-shop that uses machine learning to help employees accurately sort their waste.

In the presence of over seventy new interns just beginning their journey, Minister Hajdu announced that over the next five years, the Government of Canada will commit to “helping 60,000 post-secondary students get important work-ready skills.” Through the student work placements initiative, significant investments will be made towards developing new jobs in the tech sector. Partnering with the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program, Mitacs, and the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), Canada is investing over $298 million towards the development of new jobs for students.

When Canadian students get on-the-job education, they’re getting the experience they need to succeed. Our Innovation and Skills Plan is putting Canada’s skilled, talented and creative people at the heart of a more innovative future economy.”

– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

Read more about Minister Hajdu’s announcement on the official news release and listen to Kirsten Sutton’s follow-up interview with Roundhouse Radio here.

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