LEAP Program is a Taiwan high-tech talent circulation program. We aim to create mutually bonds and meaningful connections through matching forward-thinking companies with specialist talents. In this way, we cultivate and empower brilliant young minds who are in-harmony with businesses set on improving the world.
At LEAP, we seek partnerships that advance beyond borders. Together we change the world through meaningful connections. To know more details and the most accurate timeline, please visit the Host Company Homepage. If you would like to join us, please click “Join 2020-3 batch” on top to fill in your company's information.
To Become a LEAP Host organization should…
- Prepare a training plan
- Provide suitable workspace and equipment
- Offer ongoing supervision and evaluation
Each batch usually takes 3 months to select candidates, and also take another 3 months to conduct all the administration procedure. Therefore, from the selection process, it usually takes 6 months. Additionally, admitted trainees will take time to process the visa application. As for the specific timeline of each batch, please check the detail information on the Host Company home page.
Email will be a main communication way to work together for the host companies with LEAP Program Office, so please acknowledge LEAP Program Office mail: email@example.com.
LEAP Program Office held two batches in a year, the timeline is around March and July, the accurate time will be announced on the Host company home page or click the link Subscribe to be Host Companies below to fill in your company contact information. When the timeline is approaching, the LEAP Program Office would send you a reminder email to tell you how to apply for being a Host Company.
The location of the Host Company
Though LEAP Program is a global talent program, however, due to policy, right now we only could partner with the companies in France, Israel, and U.S.
Additionally, align with Taiwan industry development policy, LEAP Program Office particularly would like to partner with those companies in Internet of things, semiconductors and IC design, biomedical, smart machinery, digital economy, green energy, defense, new agriculture, circular economy, and cultural technology innovation field.
Prospective Host organizations have to:
People with a Ph.D. degree. Those who do not have a Ph.D. degree will be considered if their work experience is related to the governmental policy of technology development, or with other special achievements.
Backgrounds of innovative industries including the Internet of things, semiconductors and IC design, biomedical, smart machinery, digital economy, green energy, defense, new agriculture, circular economy and cultural innovation are preferred.
The whole LEAP Program selection process would collaborate with the host companies, and the companies would have the right to interview and choose the candidates.
In the U.S, LEAP trainee visa category will be J-1 Trainee, and MOST will help the Host Company deal with the VISA application, and will be responsible for VISA application fee as well as relevant insurance fee.
For the visa application process, the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), an authorized agency designated by the U.S. Department of State for the J-1 Visa Program, will contact both the Host Company and the trainee regarding the subsequent Visa procedures once the announcement is made.
In France, regarding the French regulation, LEAP trainee visa category will be Talent Passport (passeport talent). When applying for the Talent Passport, the trainee would have to provide a work contract indicating the minimum salary*. As a consequence, the salary must be paid by the host company, and the subsidy from MOST cannot be counted since it is granted directly by the MOST to the laureate.
Please be aware that only the French company is responsible for delivering to the trainee a work contract in line with the Talent Passport criteria. And LEAP Program Office will also assist LEAP trainee(s) to apply for VISA with Bureau Français de Taipei.
(*) minimum salary amount: salary equivalent to 1.5 times SMIC in minimum 12 months
In Israel, according to the State regulation, LEAP trainee visa category will be B-1 Work Visa. The B-1 Work Visa requires the company to provide the trainee a work contract with a salary double the average wage. In other words, although MOST will provide the individual LEAP trainee(s) grants, the company still has to pay the trainee salary and a work contract in line with the B-1 Work Visa. LEAP Program Office will also assist LEAP trainee(s) to apply for VISA from Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei.
Should you have any further questions, please contact LEAP Program office for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org
Regarding to LEAP Program Office is based in Taiwan, and the host companies located in U.S, France, Israel. The whole communication and administration process of LEAP Program would conduct in the air. If the host companies could be aware of the following notifications, it would help both parties have a pleasant collaboration.
1. Be aware of LEAP Program Administration timeline and E-mails
LEAP Program Office would release the timeline of each batch on the Host company home page and send reminders while the significant milestone is approaching, we would need your assistance to confirm and coordinate the following administrative work.
Some host companies email system would block LEAP Program Office mail as a spam mail, so please check the spam mail from time to time, particularly the date is approaching each timeline.
The timeline would be like the following flow chart for your reference.
2. Company Information, Candidate interview, Trainees on Board Administration are three of the most important procedures that LEAP Program office need the host company to collaborate closely.
3. Please inform LEAP Program Office the Substitute contact
While the main contact of your company for LEAP Program on vocation or he/she is no longer in the company, please do remember to inform LEAP Program Office who is the substitute contact, in order to keep being informed during the selection process.
The patent generated during the training at the host company shall belong to the host company.
After the training period, LEAP Program Fellows are obliged to return to and serve in Taiwan within five years. The time span of serving in Taiwan should be as long as the training period of accepting the subsidy.
Host companies can choose their ideal candidates. However, the final matchmaking result will be determined by the final review of MOST Committee.