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Getting Started with ICT Ignite - Employers
Getting Started with ICT Ignite - Employers

A step-by-step guide for employers to post projects, match them to the ICT Ignite program, and start connecting with learners.

Updated over a week ago

You can also follow this process in a step-by-step video here.

Sign up to ICT Ignite and the Riipen Platform

1. Visit and click on “Sign up”.

2. In a new tab you will be prompted to complete the employer sign up form.

3. Once complete, if eligible, you will receive your ICT Ignite portal pass by email and your company will be added to the ICT Ignite platform.

4. Clicking that link will direct you to the ICT Ignite Riipen portal. If you already have a Riipen account you can click “Log in”.

5. If you don’t already have a Riipen account you will be prompted to create one. To do so, fill in your name, email, and password in the indicated fields and click “Create account”.

6. Next, add your job title, pronouns (optional), phone number, and choose up to 5 categories that interest you (ex: Communications, Marketing, Business Development, Graphic Design, etc.).

7. Next, add your company information. If your company is already on Riipen, you can find your company by clicking the link provided in the yellow box.

Create and submit your ICT Ignite project

8. Now you can choose which ICT Ignite program you want to create projects for.

ICT Ignite Cyber

  • 60 hour paid cybersecurity internships for learners (stipend paid by Riipen)

  • Learners are recent Lighthouse Labs graduates

  • Your project will be matched to a team of up to 5 graduates (5 x 60 hours is 300 hours in total per project).

ICT Ignite Plus - currently closed

  • Four programs

    • web development

    • cyber security

    • data analytics

    • data science

  • 80 hour paid internships for learners (stipend paid by Riipen)

  • Learners are recent Lighthouse Labs graduates

  • Learners apply to your project and you should accept 2-4 learners per project

  • Are you hiring? Connect with talent and access a wage subsidy to continue working together.

ICT Ignite Skills - currently closed

  • One program for digital tech employer projects

  • Including but not limited to digital marketing, UX/UI design, learning design, software development & IT management

  • 80 hour paid internships for learners (stipend paid by Riipen)

  • Learners apply to your project and you should accept 2-4 learners per project

9. On joining the program, you will be asked to verify that you meet the ICT Ignite eligibility criteria, as outlined in our Terms and Conditions.

​Terms and Conditions

You will be directed to our 3rd party identification provider, Persona, to complete a 5 step identity and verification process.

You will be required to:

  • Verify your Canadian Business registration including CRA or provincial business number

  • Confirm the registered address of your business

  • Complete a personal identification process with a selfie and government-issued ID

We recommend that you have these items available to you at sign up so that you can enter the program as smoothly as possible. For more info on the verification process, view this article here.

10. To select a program, click on “Portal Programs” under the marketplace header. Choose the program you wish to submit a project for and click “Request a match” and then “Create from an approved template”. The project templates are pinned to ensure that for ICT Ignite Plus or Cyber, your project aligns with the graduates' specialist skills.

11. Creating a project is a 5-step process in the project creation wizard.

  • Add a descriptive title, and summarize the work you want the learners to complete. Make sure the expected outcomes for your business are clear to learners, and that they can get a sense of the scope of work from your description.

  • Given the short, remote nature of ICT Ignite, we require a project-based experience. Make sure to provide a concrete scope for the learners' work and limit their work to a single project.

  • Currently, there are no limitations to the number of projects an employer can submit, and the number of learners they can take on. Employers are required to provide a minimum of five hours of mentorship to each learner. Learners, on the other hand, can only complete one project.

Continue through the steps in the wizard. If you save your project as a draft, you can return to your project at any time to make edits.

12. Before your match can be accepted, you will need to click “Sign Agreements” and formally agree to the ICT Ignite Terms and Conditions.

A few things to note:

  • When you’ve completed the wizard and hit “Publish” on the last step, your project is now live in the Riipen marketplace. Your project should be acknowledged and matched with an ICT Ignite program within 5 business days.

  • If you'd like to create additional projects, you are welcome to do so. Currently, there are no limitations to the amount of projects an employer can create.

  • Please ensure the project timelines are accurate before the start of the project

  • There is no cost for you to post a ICT Ignite project.

  • Riipen will pay the learners their stipend directly at the conclusion of the project.

Still have questions? Reach out to us via live-chat in the avocado found in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen or via email at

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