Craft Education Program

The PEICC is partnering with InnovationPEI to offer ongoing support to the PEI Craft Community through the Craft Education Program.  The program is administered by PEICC and funded by InnovationPEI.  The program consists of three elements:

  • Student Summer Job Program
  • The Craft Apprenticeship Program
  • The Craft Mentorship Program

Details for each program are provided here and forms are available below.  Contact the PEICC Executive Director for more information and assistance completing the forms.

STUDENT SUMMER JOB PROGRAM

INTRODUCTION

The Summer Work Term Placement of the Craft Education Program is designed to create summer employment in the craft and giftware industry for students enrolled in a recognized institution of craft and design in Canada, and who are returning to school in the fall of the year. This placement also provides an opportunity for Island craft producers to benefit from hiring a student to carry out short term projects or other work activities during the summer months.

 The Program, administered by PEI Crafts Council, is in the form of a 75 percent cost-shared contribution to wages up to a maximum assistance of the PEI minimum wage per hour (based on a 37 1/2 hour work week). Total contribution limited to $4,000 per business per year.

 OBJECTIVES

  1. To provide Island students with meaningful work experience in the craft and giftware industry which will assist them in making the school-to-work transition, and;
  2. To provide Island craft producers with resources to assist with projects and increased workloads during the summer season.

 WHO CAN APPLY

All Island craft and giftware manufactures and producers who are registered as a business and who have had at least 5 years of full-time experience in the craft and giftware industry. Consideration will also be given to applications from associated organizations of the craft and giftware industry.

EMPLOYMENT DURATION

Summer work term placement is for a minimum of eight weeks and a maximum of 20 weeks. The work week shall be 37 1/2 hours.

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY AND SELECTION

Students must be residents of Prince Edward Island, 16 years of age by September, and be eligible to work in Canada.

Students must have a minimum of one year of study in a recognized institution of craft and design in Canada. Students must also be returning to full-time studies in craft and design upon completion of the summer work placement.

APPROVAL PROCESS

Employer must fully complete the attached form and have it returned to the PEI Crafts Council by the date assigned by the Executive Director.

 FUNDING

Each approved position will be funded in the form of a 75 per cent cost-shared contribution to wages up to a maximum assistance of PEI Minimum wage per hour for the summer work term.

 APPLICATION FORMS

Summer work placement application – Employers

Summer work placement application – Students

Queries can be directed to the Executive Director of PEI Crafts Council, at peicraftscouncil@gmail.com or by phoning 902.892-5152.  Send completed forms to PEI Crafts Council 138 Great George St, Charlottetown, PE  C1A 4K6

THE CRAFT APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

INTRODUCTION

The Apprentice Work Term Placement of the Craft Education Program is designed to create apprentice employment in the craft and giftware industry for craft makers and artisans recently graduated from an institution of craft and design in Canada, and who are starting their career in crafts. This placement also provides an opportunity for Island craft producers to benefit from hiring a craft maker to carry out short term projects or other work activities during the fall and winter months.

The Program, administered by PEI Crafts Council, is in the form of a 75 percent cost-shared contribution to wages up to a maximum assistance of the PEI minimum wage per hour (based on a 37 1/2 hour work week)Total contribution limited to $7,000 per business participant per year.

 OBJECTIVES

  1. To provide new emerging Island craft makers with meaningful work experience in the craft and giftware industry which will assist them in making the transition into a career in craft, and;
  2. To provide Island craft producers with resources to assist with projects and increased workloads during the off-season.

 WHO CAN APPLY

All Island craft and giftware manufactures and producers who are registered as a business and who have had at least 5 years of full-time experience in the craft and giftware industry. Consideration will also be given to applications from associated organizations of the craft and giftware industry.

EMPLOYMENT DURATION

Apprentice work term placement is for a minimum of eight weeks and a maximum of 20 weeks. The work week shall be 37 1/2 hours.

 APPRENTICE ELIGIBILITY AND SELECTION

Apprentices must be residents of Prince Edward Island, 16 years of age by September, and be eligible to work in Canada.

Apprentices must have a minimum of one year of study in a recognized institution of craft and design in Canada.

 APPROVAL PROCESS

Employer must fully complete the attached form and have it returned to the PEI Crafts Council by the date assigned by the Executive Director.  All Applications are presented to the PEICC Board for review and approvals.

 FUNDING

Each approved position will be funded in the form of a 75 per cent cost-shared contribution to wages up to a maximum assistance of $11.25 per hour for the work term.  

THE CRAFT MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

 PEI Crafts Council is pleased to announce the creation of a Mentorship Program to support the business development and career goals of Prince Edward Island artisans. In 2014-15, this program will support up to four mentorship pairings, through which mentors will meet with mentees over a six-month period.

 Selected mentors will receive a $2,000 honorarium for investing their time and for making available their work space (such as a gallery, studio, production or retail environment) for the mentee to receive coaching, career advice and exposure to the finer points of the business of crafts. Selected mentees will receive a $500 honorarium, and must agree to a minimum number of hours volunteering at the mentor’s business. When identified and selected as potential participants in this program, both the mentor and the mentee must agree to the terms of – and sign – a learning contract.

Eligibility:

Who can apply to be a mentor or a mentee? This program is open to those who work on Prince Edward Island and work within (or aspire to work within) the handcrafted arts.

Mentors must own and operate a craft business or practice on Prince Edward Island. They must articulate their approach to collaborative learning or mentoring, agree to share their production or work facility/equipment with a mentee, and illustrate what skills, support or expertise they could bring to a mentorship experience. Mentors must agree to provide a minimum of 10 hours of mentoring per month over six months. Selected mentors will receive a $2,000 honorarium for investing their time and for making available their work space (such as a gallery, studio, production or retail environment) for the mentee to receive coaching, career advice and exposure to the finer arts of business in culture.

Mentees must be at least 18 years old, and must be able to articulate what specific career or business development skills they hope to obtain through a mentorship program. It’s the articulation of these goals that will help us forge successful mentorship matches. Applicant mentees must also demonstrate their intent to build, pursue or grow their craft business on Prince Edward Island and provide a portfolio of their artistic or creative work. They should also articulate a desire and willingness to launch or grow a career as a professional artisan.. Mentees must agree to be available for a minimum of five hours per month to liaise with mentors, and they must also contribute a minimum of five hours per month volunteering in support of the mentor’s business or practice. Selected mentees will receive a $500 honorarium.

The duration of the mentorship will be approximately six months, at a time agreeable to both mentor, mentee and the PEI Crafts Council.

The Learning Contract:

Applicant mentors and mentees selected to participate in this mentorship program must sign learning contracts with the PEI Crafts Council. These learning contracts will outline agreed-upon terms of reference and goals of the mentorship. This contract will be rooted in an agreement of what both the mentor and the mentee expect and hope to accomplish, in the duration of the mentorship (approximately 60 hours during a six month period), and in the understanding that both mentors and mentees must provide PEI Crafts Council with regular updates and final reports.

Outcomes and Objectives:

 The anticipated outcomes of participating in this program are largely up to the participants: what business or career development skills or support are the mentees seeking? As a result of the mentorship experience, has the mentee been able to start or expand a business, or develop a business plan, or refine an artist’s statement, or expand his/her portfolio of work, or find new audience or sales, or learn new marketing and promotional techniques? Answering “yes” to one or more of these questions would be tangible outcomes. Updates on mentorship progress must be shared with PEI Crafts Council every two months, and participants will also present a “midterm” report at the program’s halfway point. A final report will be submitted at the end of the program. The mentee must agree to provide PEI Crafts Council with an update of his/her career or business development progress one year following the conclusion of the mentorship.

 Selecting Mentors/Mentees:

 As this Mentorship Program has funds to support four mentor/mentee pairings, it will be impossible for PEI Crafts Council to accommodate all of those who apply to be mentors or mentees. Participants will be selected employing the following criteria:

 

  1. finding suitable matches to best meet the skills’ needs identified by potential mentees.
  2. the experience and expertise as articulated by potential mentors.
  3. applicant mentees’ statement of mentorship goals.
  4. applicant mentees’ articulation of desire to begin or grow a cultural business or practice on Prince Edward Island.
  5. applicant mentors’ articulation of support they could provide to a mentee.
  6. the geographical and discipline-specific “fit” of prospective mentors/mentees.

 

For example, if an applicant mentee in Summerside expresses a desire to learn more about how to start a jewellery-making business, an ideal mentor would be one who has demonstrated skill and success in jewellery-making, and who works in or near Summerside. However, perhaps there is someone in Charlottetown who possesses the expertise a mentee seeks. Depending on the availability or flexibility of the mentor and mentee, this may ultimately prove to be a suitable match.

 

A jury will review the applications and begin to identify potential mentor-mentee pairings. Those chosen will then be contacted to begin the process of arranging and formalizing the mentorship. Before the mentorship can begin, PEI Crafts Council executive director will meet with both prospective mentors and mentees to review the terms and goals of the program. The learning contracts must be agreed upon by mentors and mentees before participation in the program.

 How to Apply:

 To apply to be a PEI Crafts Council Mentorship Program mentor or mentee, find and download the mentor and mentee application forms here. Please ensure you’ve read the application form carefully, and answered all of the questions. Queries can be directed to the Executive Director of PEI Crafts Council, at peicraftscouncil@gmail.com or by phoning 902.892-5152.

Mentee application form

Mentor application form

 

PEI Crafts Council wishes to thank Innovation PEI for funding this Craft Education Program.