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Internship, recruitment and development programs


The Manitoba government offers a number of employment programs that provide participants the opportunity to... develop their skills and abilities... learn about government process and systems while they work... make a difference in their community... contribute to the future of Manitoba... prepare themselves and be eligible to apply for jobs throughout the Manitoba civil service.

These programs support civil service renewal and the goals of the Provincial Civil Service Diversity Strategy.



Internship programs

We have two internship programs designed to recruit individuals that are interested in a career in the Manitoba civil service and have the potential to fill future vacancies:

  • Management Internship Program (MIP)
  • Manitoba Diversity Internship Program (MDIP)

 

Management Internship Program (MIP)

The Management Internship Program is an 18 month program where candidates are hired on a term basis and paid at the Administrative Officer 1 classification.

It provides training and development opportunities to interns with an interest in the public sector in order that they may successfully compete for professional and managerial career opportunities within the civil service.

Interns are placed through centrally managed rotational work assignments.  Interns are provided with an orientation, and are sponsored by the CSC to attend 7 days equivalent of paid job related training through Organization and Staff Development (OSD) throughout the duration of the program.  The program is designed to provide accelerated learning and maximum exposure to government policy, program operations, administration and finance.

Interns are hired through a competition advertised on the Manitoba government’s job opportunities site.  Applicants go through the normal assessment process (see After you apply) and successful candidates are appointed for a 18 month term.

The programs start with an orientation to the Manitoba civil service followed by placements, normally six months each, in areas such as financial management, program and project management, research and policy analysis.  Placements are designed to:

    • provide interns with a broad perspective to working in the civil service
    • assist interns in furthering their career goals
    • meet the needs of the organization 

Interns are invited to join the New Professionals Network which will complement the development and networking opportunities they receive through the internship programs.

Who is eligible?
Successful candidates will:

    • have a post-secondary education at the university or community college level, or a suitable combination of education and experience
    • have experience leading projects or teams; experience using Microsoft Office (particularly Word, Excel and Outlook) or equivalent software; strong written communication skills; demonstrated ability to prioritize, organize and meet tight deadlines; demonstrated ability to resolve conflict with good judgement and tact; have experience working independently; strong interpersonal skills with the ability to foster collaboration and partnerships; demonstrated ability to analyze and problem-solve
    • understand and value diversity

Contact Person:  Darlene Hedgecock Program Coordinator

 

Manitoba Diversity Internship Program (MDIP)

 

The Manitoba Diversity Internship Program is a one year program for the recruitment of external candidates who have self-declared as Aboriginal (AB), Visible minority (VM) and Persons with a Disability (PWD). Program is designed to assist departments with renewal challenges while helping address difficult to recruit positions and diversity goals.
 
The program is focused on position / occupation specific placements with limited rotational assignments within similar occupational groups.   Departments are loaned an FTE for up to one year, whereby interns will be hired on a term basis and will be funded by the CSC at the first step of the series to which they are hired, with a maximum salary equivalent to the Administrative Officer 1 Step 2

Upon completion of the internship development program, the intern will be directly appointed into the host department’s FTE as a regular employee, subject to satisfactory performance.

Participants are sponsored by the CSC to attend 7 days equivalent of paid job related training through Organization and Staff Development (OSD) during the 12 month period. Additional training may be provided at the expense of the host department.

Examples of internship placements may include the entry level of positions such as a human resource consultant, biologist, planning program analyst, agrologist, financial officer and more.

Interns are hired through open competitions which are advertised on the Manitoba government’s job opportunities site.  Applicants go through a standard assessment process (see After you apply) and successful candidates are appointed for a 1-year term.    Following the successful completion of the internship program, interns are eligible for an appointment in the role, function and salary level for which they interned.

As with all new employees, interns will be provided with an orientation to the Manitoba government and to their department / program area.  

Throughout their internship participants receive coaching and feedback from their supervisor/manager in the department they are working in.  

Interns are invited to join the New Professionals Network which will complement the development and networking opportunities they receive through the internship programs.

Who is eligible?
Successful candidates will meet the qualifications outlined in the Manitoba Diversity Internship Program job bulletin (competition), and declare themselves as as Aboriginal (AB), visible minority (VM) or person with a disability (PWD).

Contact Person: Darlene Hedgecock, Program Coordinator.



Recruitment Programs


Career Gateway Program (CGP)

The Career Gateway Program is a placement and referral program for external job seekers who register in the CSC Career Gateway Program inventory and who self declare as a member of one of the following employment equity groups: Aboriginal (AB), Visible minority (VM) and Persons with a Disability (PWD) and who have relevant skills and abilities to perform jobs across MB Government. Participants are classified at the first level of the position for which they are hired.

The program is promoted through advertising an ongoing opportunity on the Job Opportunities Website which invites eligible job seekers to submit their to be included in the program inventory. 

Participants are sponsored by the CSC to attend 2 days equivalent of paid job related training through Organization and Staff Development (OSD) during their placement. Additional training may be provided at the expense of the host department.

Note: This  new program combines  the Career Assistance Program for Persons with a Disability, Career Gateway Program for Visible Minorities and the Aboriginal inventory.

The program has 2 streams:

  1. Placement Stream
  2. a. Use of CSC funded FTE for up to 6 months – commitment to directly appoint the participant into the host department’s FTE following the placement is required, subject to satisfactory performance.

    b. Use of CSC unfunded FTE for up to 12 months – commitment to appoint participant to a department’s position is NOT required following the placement.

  3. Referral Stream – use of Department salary and FTE.

Placement opportunities are identified in government department program areas where there is either the need for a term employee, or where vacancies in regular positions are expected in the near future.

When a placement opportunity is identified, applications on file are reviewed to identify individuals that meet the required qualifications (education, training and/or experience) required for the position.  Candidates are required to go through an assessment process (see After you apply).

Although there is no guarantee of regular employment at the end of a placement, many of our past program participants have gone on to a successful career within the civil service.

Who is eligible?
To be eligible for this program candidates will meet the qualifications outlined in the job bulletin (competition), and self-declare as Aboriginal (AB), visible minority (VM) or person with a disability (PWD).

How to apply
Email your resume to govjobs@gov.mb.ca:

If you do not have email, contact the Civil Service Commission to arrange to submit your resume.

Resumes are kept on file for six months.  If you want to renew your application, resubmit your and confirm that you would like your application kept on file for a further six months.

Contact PersonKaron Chester, Program Coordinator

 


Common Recruitment Initiative (CRI)

What is the Common Recruitment Initiative (CRI)?
What’s in it for me?
How long will my application remain active?
Types of opportunities available

Process
Frequently asked questions

 

What is the Common Recruitment Initiative (CRI)?

The CRI is a new, web-based approach to applying for provincial government jobs. The initiative uses an online system that stores job application forms.

What’s in it for me?

The Common Recruitment Initiative allows you to submit an online application form that will be considered for opportunities within the Manitoba government whether you’re looking for regular or term employment, part-time or full-time hours, or a move to a new department or work location.

How long will my application remain active?

All applications remain active for six months. However, you will receive an email notice asking if you want to extend your application for six more months.

Types of opportunities available

Current opportunities are available for administrative and clerical positions as listed below. The following links provide further information on the general duties and salary of each to assist you in identifying which opportunities are right for you. 

  • Administrative Secretary 2 (AY2)
  • Administrative Secretary 3 (AY3)
  • Clerk 2 (CL2)
  • Clerk 3 (CL3)

Search our Common Recruitment Opportunities

 

Process

How exactly does the CRI work?

The CRI (Common Recruitment Initiative) includes: the application, referral and assessments.

The application:
  • Complete an online application form, identifying your skills and qualifications, and include a resumé and cover letter (cover letter is optional).

  • Your application (application includes the online form, your resumé and cover letter if included) will be screened to ensure you have the qualifications necessary for an administrative and clerical position with the Manitoba government.

  • If your screening is successful, you will be tested on your technical skills. These include written communication and computer skills, such as proofreading, drafting correspondence and using Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.

  • If you pass this stage, you will be notified and your application will be made available for referral to departments seeking to fill administrative and clerical positions.

  • Your application will remain active for six months.

NOTE: Some positions require certain conditions of employment like security checks or licensing requirements.

The referral:
  • When a department sees an opportunity to fill an administrative or clerical position through the Common Recruitment Initiative, it submits a referral request. Active applicants are reviewed thoroughly and fairly using the Manitoba government selection criteria.
  • If you meet the criteria for a particular position, a staff member from the Common Recruitment Unit will contact you with details, such as: the department, the start date, the location, whether it’s a designated bilingual position, the conditions of employment, and to confirm if you are interested in the position.

    NOTE: To make sure we can reach you, please provide several methods of contact in your application (ex: home phone, mobile phone, email).

  • Once you’ve confirmed your interest in the position, we will forward your application to the hiring department, where you will be scheduled for further assessment.

The assessment:

When you are referred to a department for further assessment, you may be required to:

  • attend one or more interviews with a selection board
  • go through additional assessment (ex: language assessments, simulated work assignments) – whatever the selection board considers necessary to properly evaluate your suitability for the position
  • provide references

If you are a veteran, or the surviving spouse or common-law partner of a person lost as a result of service in the armed forces, you may be eligible to receive preference in the selection process. See our Veterans’ Preference policy for additional information.

If you are a person with a disability and require accommodation at any point in the process, please let us know.

After evaluating candidates, if the selection board finds you are the most suitable candidate for the position, you will receive an offer of employment from the department.  All referred candidates remain available for future referrals until their application expires or unless otherwise indicated by the candidate.

 

 Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I complete an online application if I do not have access to the Internet at home?
  2. Can I access the application form in a hard copy or an alternate format?
  3. Are all the skills and qualifications listed on the application form required in every position?
  4. Information I provided on my application form needs to be updated. How can I make sure my application is up-to-date?
  5. How often can I apply?
  6. What are the screening criteria?
  7. How long will the process take?
  8. What can I expect when I come for the technical assessment?
  9. Will I find out the results of the technical assessment?
  10. I have been contacted about a referral by the Common Recruitment Unit but I can’t confirm my interest at this time. Will I still be referred to the opportunity?
  11. Can I decline a referral opportunity?
  12. I am only interested in referral opportunities for a specific department(s), branch(es) or location(s). How does that work with the referral process?
  13. Will my application still remain active if I accept an offer of employment?
  14. Are existing employees given priority consideration?
  15. Is seniority a factor in selection?
  16. What if I am not successful in the department interview?

 

  1. How do I complete an online application if I do not have access to the internet at home?
  2. If you do not have access to the internet, please call 1-866-MANITOBA (1-866-626-4862) or call 1-800-O-CANADA to find the location of the closest public access site.

    Many public libraries across the country also provide Internet access as part of their regular core service offering, and local colleges, schools and community centres may also provide public Internet access.
  3. Can I access the application form in a hard copy or an alternate format?
  4. Yes. For a hard copy or an alternate format of the application form, contact the Common Recruitment Unit at 204-948-4160 or by email at corp-recruit@gov.mb.ca.

  5. Are all the skills and qualifications listed on the application form required in every position?

    No. The list includes all potential skills and qualifications that may be required by departments.

  1. Information I provided on my application form needs to be updated. How can I make sure my application is up to date?

    To update things like contact information (ex: address, phone number, email), locations where you are willing to work and the type of job you are interested in (ex: full-time, part-time) you may contact the Common Recruitment Unit at 204-948-4160 or by email at corp-recruit@gov.mb.ca. However, if your skills and qualifications have changed due to education, training or experience that would impact your assessment results (see Process section) then you should complete a new application form.

  2. How often can I apply?

    Once you’ve submitted an application, and gone through the screening and assessment stages, you shouldn’t reapply unless (1) your application has expired, or (2) your skills and qualifications have changed due to education, training or experience that would impact the assessment results (see Process section). If you are unsure, contact the Common Recruitment Unit at 204-948-4160 or by email at corp-recruit@gov.mb.ca to discuss.

  3. What are the screening criteria?

    The screening criteria are basically the qualifications essential for administrative and clerical positions. They are:

    • experience providing clerical and/or administrative support
    • experience with MS Office or equivalent
    • experience with data entry and/or word processing

  4. How long will the process take?

    As this is a new initiative, the initial intake process may take longer to establish the applicant pool. Once established, the entire process from the department’s referral request to the appointment of a successful candidate should be completed within several weeks.

  5. What can I expect when I come for the technical assessment?

    The technical assessment typically* occurs in a classroom setting at 215 Garry Street. You are given 90 minutes to complete four (4) technical exercises that assess your written communication skills in proofreading and drafting correspondence as well as your computer skills in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.

    *If you are unable to attend on a regularly scheduled testing date or require an accommodation, the technical assessment can be administered in our office at 305 Broadway.
  6. Will I find out the results of the technical assessment?

    All candidates that complete the technical assessments are notified either way. If successful, we will send you an email telling you that your application will be made available for referral to departments. If not successful, we will notify you in a letter and offer to provide you feedback on your results.

  7. I have been contacted about a referral by the Common Recruitment Unit, but I can’t confirm my interest at this time. Will I still be referred to the opportunity?

    Unless you confirm your interest in a particular referral, your application will not be forwarded. As the goal is to move the process along as quickly as possible, candidates should provide several methods of contact (ex: home phone, mobile phone, email) in their application form.

    If you are contacted and indicate interest in the job, the Common Recruitment Unit will put you in touch with the department contact person who will confirm your interview date and location as well as provide you with any additional details.

    Whether you have been referred (or have chosen not to be referred), your general application will continue to be maintained as active until it is no longer valid or you have chosen to have it removed.

  8. Can I decline a referral opportunity?
  9. Yes. The Common Recruitment Unit will contact you and provide you with the information. If the opportunity doesn’t interest you, you can decline the referral.

  10. I am only interested in referral opportunities for a specific department(s), branch(es) or location(s). How does that work with the referral process?
  11. Every time you are chosen for a referral, the Common Recruitment Unit will contact you to provide information and see if you’re interested. If the particular job does not meet your personal needs, you can simply decline the referral.

  12. Will my application still remain active if I accept an offer of employment?

    Once your application is available for referral to departments, it will remain active until (1) your application expires after six months and you choose to not renew it; (2) your application expires after 12 months (if you had renewed it); or (3) you contact the Common Recruitment Unit to withdraw your application from further consideration.

  13. Are existing employees given priority consideration?
  14. If a department indicates it would like to hold a closed competition, only applicants currently employed with the Manitoba government are considered for referral.

  15. Is seniority a factor in selection?

    Yes, seniority is a factor in the departmental selection process when candidates are relatively equal in qualifications, ability and prior work performance.

  16. What if I am not successful in the department interview?

    You may seek feedback from the department Human Resource Consultant on reasons why you were not successful in the interview. 

 

Are you an existing employee? See below for additional frequently asked questions for existing employees.

 

Frequently Asked Questions – Existing Employees

  1. I am an existing employee; do I need to submit an application to be considered for an opportunity in another department or for a promotional opportunity?

  2. Do I need to self-declare as an employment equity member when applying to the Administrative and Clerical opportunities if I have completed a declaration in the past? 

 

  1. I am an existing employee; do I need to submit an application to be considered for an opportunity in another department or for a promotional opportunity?
  2. Yes. The Common Recruitment Initiative for Administrative and Clerical positions will be the main recruitment method that Manitoba departments will use to fill Administrative Secretary 2 and 3 and Clerk 2 and 3 positions.

    See the Referral Bulletin Board for a listing of current requests and their status (access limited to existing employees).

    Additional administrative or clerical positions may be advertised separately on our Manitoba Government Job Opportunities website. We encourage you to continue to visit our site to review and apply to other posted opportunities on a regular basis.

  3. Do I need to self-declare as an employment equity member when applying to the Administrative and Clerical opportunities if I have completed a declaration in the past? 

    Yes. You are encouraged to self-declare at many points in the selection process as a part of your application (in your resumé/cover letter, at the interview stage, etc.)  Current employees can self-declare by completing an Employment Equity Declaration Form and submitting it to their department human resource services office.   

    See Employment equity in the competition process for more information on how employment equity is applied in our recruitment practices.

For further information, contact the Common Recruitment Unit at 204-948-4160 or TDD/TTY (204) 945-1437 or by email at corp-recruit@gov.mb.ca. If you do not have email, contact the Civil Service Commission for further information.




Diversity Employee Development Program (DEDP)

The Diversity Employee Development Program (DEDP) is a 12 month development program for existing regular employees of the Manitoba Government who have demonstrated leadership potential and who self declare as a member of one of the following employment equity  groups: Aboriginal (AB), Visible minority (VM) and Persons with a Disability (PWD).

Participants would remain in their existing FTE and classification, regardless of any
additional duties assigned as part of their participation in the program. They may
continue in their current role (with additional learning opportunities to be introduced) and/or participants could be ‘loaned out’ to an alternate department/branch, at the discretion of their own department in order to meet the goals within their individual learning plan.

Each department may select one participant from those who express interest in participating in the program.

The CSC will sponsor each selected participant to attend 4 days equivalent of paid job related training through Organization and Staff Development (OSD) during the 12 month period. The participants will be involved with additional learning and networking opportunities as part of the program, which will require the participant to be away from their workplace on occassion.  Specific training in addition to this may be provided at the expense of their department.

Candidate employment equity status may be made available to the selection committee in the department.

Contact PersonDarlene Hedgecock,  Program Coordinator.

 

 


Work Appreciation and Experience Initiative

Volunteers in Public Service Program (VIPS) for Visible Minorities and Immigrants


The VIPS Program for Visible Minorities and Immigrants is designed to provide visible minorities and immigrants with work experience in a Canadian setting. 

How does it work?
When a volunteer opportunity is identified, applications on file are reviewed to identify individuals that meet the requirements.

Volunteer placements are normally full time for six weeks or 15 hours a week for 12 weeks.

Who is eligible?
To be eligible for this program you must:

  • be a visible minority or an immigrant (if you aren’t you can apply for the standard VIPS program)

  • be legally entitled to work in Canada

What are the benefits to you?
If you receive a job under this program you will be provided the opportunity to:

  • gain practical work experience in a Canadian workplace

  • develop or sharpen your marketable skills

  • explore possible career choices

  • make important job contacts

  • get valuable references

What kinds of placements are available?
Opportunities range from administrative/clerical to professional, technical, and the trades.  Your placement will depend on your career interests, job skills and current volunteer opportunities.

How do I apply?
Email your resumé to csc@gov.mb.ca:

  • in the subject line of the email put:  “Application for VIPS for Visible Minorities and Immigrants”

  • in the body of the email confirm that you are a visible minority or an immigrant and that you are legally entitled to work in Canada

If you do not have email, contact the Civil Service Commission to arrange to submit your resumé.

Resumés are kept on file for six months.  If you want to renew your application send an email to the same address using the same subject line as when you originally submitted your application.  In the body of the email confirm that you would like your resumé kept on file for a further six months.

 

 

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