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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.

Written by Eleanor Buxton
Updated over a week ago

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

1. Visit Click on “Sign up”.

2. In a new tab you will be prompted to complete the Employer Sign up form.

3. 🎉Congratulations!🎉 Once complete, if eligible, you will receive an email inviting you to create your Riipen account. Clicking that link will direct you to the ICT Ignite Riipen portal.

4. Next, fill in your name, email, and password in the indicated fields and click “Create account”.

5. 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.).

6. 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.

7. Once complete, click “Apply for portal pass” and your profile and company will be added to the platform.

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

ICT Ignite Plus

  • 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

  • Accept 2-4 learners per project

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

ICT Ignite Skills

  • 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)

  • 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 for ICT Ignite Plus & ICT Ignite Skills. 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 BN number

  • Upload proof of the registered address of your business

  • Complete a personal identification process with Government issued photo 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, 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.

  • Projects should provide 80 hours of work per learner participating.

  • 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 gone through 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.

  • Once matched to a program, learners will be able to apply directly to your project. You will be alerted by email about new applications, and can view these under the Matches tab as well by clicking on the number under the Applications column. You should select 2-4 learners to work on a project.

  • 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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