Successful Student Work Placement Program increases access to on-the-job paid work experience for post-secondary students
From: Employment and Social Development Canada
84,000 work placements will be created by 2023–24
May 21, 2019 Calgary, Alberta Employment and Social Development Canada
When post-secondary students get the chance to learn on-the-job, they build career skills, their resumes and connections that help them get great jobs when they graduate. Work-integrated learning through the Student Work Placement Program is how the Government of Canada will help Canada’s youth gain these relevant, real-life work experiences.
That is why, in Budget 2019, the Government committed to creating 84,000 work placements by 2023–24. This new commitment is the next step towards the Government of Canada’s goal to ensure that, within 10 years, every young Canadian who wants a work-integrated learning opportunity can get one.
Today, Kent Hehr, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre and Rodger Cuzner, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, spoke in Calgary about the successful partnership between the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and the Environmental Careers Organization of Canada and how it is helping young Canadians get the experience and skills they need through the Student Work Placement Program. To date, over 3,200 placements have been created across Canada and the Program is on track to create 11,500 paid work placements by 2021 in STEM and business fields.
Students who complete placements benefit from higher earnings and more employment opportunities in fields closely related to their studies. Partnerships between employers, including small and mid-sized enterprises and post-secondary institutions, play an important role in developing skills training to better prepare Canadian students for the workforce.
“On-the-job training through work-integrated learning gives post-secondary students real-life work experience for real-life jobs. Expanding the opportunities in Canada for student work placements means that more students will be work-ready when they graduate.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
“Our government is helping to build a skilled workforce in Canada through student work placements. By creating stronger partnerships between business and universities, colleges and polytechnics, we are preparing young people to succeed in the workforce.”
– Rodger Cuzner, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
“One of the greatest gifts we can give to the next generation is the skills, knowledge, and opportunities to succeed. Giving Canadian youth a fair chance at success is how we grow our economy and strengthen the middle class.”
– Kent Hehr, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre
“We’ve seen firsthand not only the benefit to businesses in terms of capacity for growth, but also the invaluable connections and experiences that students have gained. ECO Canada is eager to build on the momentum achieved thus far and continue to facilitate job opportunities for Canada’s emerging environmental professionals.”
– Angie Huk, Vice President, Marketing & Customer Engagement
“Work integrated learning is an important element of SAIT’s applied-education model and we are proud of the relationships we have with industry in preparing students for the workplace of the future. We applaud the Government of Canada for its continued investment in student success through the Student Work Placements program.”
– Dr. David Ross, SAIT President and CEO
- 3,200 student work placements have been created to date. 48% of these have been for students from under-represented groups and first-year students.
- 1,082 employers have partnered with over 120 post-secondary education institutions to offer student work placements across Canada. 88% of employers were small and medium sized enterprises.
- Budget 2019 proposed to:
- create up to 20,000 new student work placements per year by 2023–24 with $631.2 million in funding over five years.
- create an additional 20,000 placements per year by 2023–24 through new partnerships with innovative businesses with $150 million over four years.
- support the Business/Higher Education Roundtable in creating an additional 44,000 student work placements by 2021–22 with $17 million over three years.
- Launched in 2017, the Student Work Placement Program will create:
- up to 10,000 paid student work placements in STEM and business fields and to build stronger partnerships between employers, polytechnics, universities and colleges with $73 million over four years. (Budget 2016)
- up to 1,000 student work placements in the field of cyber security, as part of the National Cyber Security Strategy with $8.3 million in funding. (Budget 2018)
- up to 500 new student work placements in the field of artificial intelligence with $3 million over three years. (Budget 2017)
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