All participants of the Level UP program (employers and students/learners) must read and abide by the terms and conditions listed below.


Student/Learner Requirements:

  • I attest that I am an individual who is registered as a learner at a Canadian Post-Secondary Education (PSE) institution, is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and is legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

  • I acknowledge and agree that I am not, and will not become by participating in this program, an employee or contractor of Riipen Networks Inc. I understand that I am solely responsible for reporting any income that I earn through this program in accordance with applicable laws, including Canada’s Income Tax Act.

  • I understand that in order to receive the $1400 honorarium for the project I must meet the eligibility requirements described on this page, and I must submit my final deliverable to the employer through the Riipen platform.

  • I understand that I must complete 80 hours of work to qualify for the stipend. Those 80 hours must be spent in a good faith effort to complete the project as defined by the employer. Working above 80 hours is not recommended or required, and will not be compensated. Partial payments are not offered.

  • I understand that I must communicate with the employer before and during the project to fully understand the project scope and ensure work is on track.

    (Recommendation: respond to all communication within 72 hours.)

  • I understand that payment will not be made until I have completed the exit survey and the Riipen team has evaluated the project submission, with input from the employer. A project that is not completed will not be eligible for the stipend. Payment processing is not immediate.

  • I understand that I may not earn more than three stipends per calendar year.

  • I understand that only projects that are approved by the Riipen team and accessed through the Riipen platform are eligible for the stipend.

  • I understand that projects must be completed and the exit survey filled in prior to December 31st 2023.


Employer/Company Requirements:

  • I attest that I am either a not-for-profit employer, public sector employer (post-secondary institution), or private sector employer.

  • I attest that I am located in Canada.

  • I attest that I am not a member of the House of Commons or the Senate,

    an organization that engage in partisan political activities, and/or federal, provincial, territorial and municipal government.

  • I understand that I must define the project scope up front to the best of my abilities, limiting scope changes once learners are approved for the project.

  • I understand that I must be available for a discussion with the Level UP coordinator to initiate the relationship and confirm that the scope is an appropriate fit for the internship.

  • I understand that I must review learner applications and accept or decline applications within 30 days. (Recommended 14 days.)

  • Upon completion of the project, I will confirm with the Level UP team that the learner has completed 80 hours of work.

  • I understand that I must provide a project that requires no more than 80 hours of work per participating learner. If more than 80 hours of work is required, the learner will not be able to complete the project under this program.

  • I understand that as the employer, I must make a good faith effort to ensure that the number of learners accepted per project still allows each participant 80 hours of experience.

  • I understand that I must complete the Level UP program exit survey at the conclusion of the project.

  • I understand that I must provide ongoing mentorship and guidance to the learner(s) that are working on my project(s). I must be responsive to any questions, and check in on progress to help ensure a good result. We require that learners receive at least 5 hours of mentorship throughout the project.

  • I understand that I must acknowledge that the stipend can only be granted to eligible learners, and that all participating learners must come through the Riipen platform under the Level UP program page, and cannot be invited directly by the employer.


The Three Strike System

Students/learners and employers must abide by the Level UP Code of Conduct in order to successfully continue participating in the program.

What will happen if someone breaches the Level UP Code of Conduct?

Each breach of the code of conduct as listed below is considered a strike. We believe in second chances. However, any individual who receives three “strikes” throughout their time will be removed from the program, and will not be able to participate in any future Level UP projects.

STUDENTS:

Criteria for getting a strike:

How to avoid getting a strike:

Ghosting/unresponsiveness

Regularly communicate!

Lack of commitment/incomplete work

Once a learner has been accepted to a project, it is the responsibility of both the learner and the employer to stay in frequent contact. Any changes or delays in the project should be clearly communicated in advance.

Late submissions

Level UP projects should be completed within 2-8 weeks. Projects should be submitted on time, or the learner and employer should reach out to the Level UP team before the deadline in advance to request an extension.

Lying or falsely reporting work complete

Keep track of your working hours and the list of deliverables which has been agreed by the learner and the employer.

Reference Riipen as an employer on your CV or LinkedIn profile.

See this guide of how to reference your project on your CV and LinkedIn profile. FYI if you list Riipen as your employer for your Level UP project and a recruitment office reaches out to Riipen to verify the validity of your CV, we will have to tell them you were not an employee of Riipen and this may nullify your application as invalid.

Taking on more than 3 project per calendar year

Be mindful of the number of applications that you are submitting and make sure to cancel any pending applications when you’ve reached your 3 project limit. If you’ve accidentally been matched to more than 3, please reach out to our team right away so that we can remove the additional projects for you.

Any breach of the terms and conditions stated above

Read and understand the terms and conditions outlined above.

EMPLOYERS:

Criteria for getting a strike:

How to avoid getting a strike:

Ghosting/unresponsiveness

Regularly communicate!

Lack of commitment

Once a learner has been accepted to a project, it is the responsibility of both the learner and the employer to stay in frequent contact. Any changes or delays in the project should be clearly communicated in advance.

Not providing feedback on project submission

By providing feedback, you are helping the student build their Riipen profile, as well as expediting the payment process.

Taking on too many students

Be mindful of the number of students you are accepting to work on your projects, as well as the number of students per team. You are required to provide a minimum of 5 hours of mentorship to each student - please ensure that you can manage all of the students you are accepting.

Letting applications expire

Student applications are active for 30 days. As the employer, you are able to approve or deny those applications. Taking this action on the platform will help students know if they should apply to other projects. Letting them expire will result in a strike.

Not providing the minimum 5 hours of mentorship to each student

Mentorship is an important component of the program and gives the students the chance to grow and complete the tasks assigned.

Any breach of the terms and conditions stated above

Read and understand the terms and conditions outlined above.


Still have questions? Feel free to reach out to our team via email (levelup@riipen.com).

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