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Dear ACE-WIL Members,

We hope you are all doing well! As cases of COVID-19 increase in our province, we are here to help you adapt and share ideas so you can continue working hard to support students and employers.

For most recent information on COVID-19 please refer to the BC Centre for Disease Control website:

Stay safe and healthy!

ACE-WIL Communications Team

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Employer Funding

Below is an update on federal and provincial funds available for employers to hire students.

Funds still available:
Funds not available at this time:

Assessment and Evaluation Webinar for BC Ministry of Advanced Education Funded Projects (July 2020)

In this webinar, UBC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology offers strategies and tools to support assessment and evaluation of projects funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education’s $9 million WIL funding. The webinar explores how to create a useful evaluation framework, provides an overview of commonly used data collection methods (e.g., surveys, focus groups and interviews), and helps participants in identifying project milestones, opportunities, and challenges. It also provides relevant information on best practices for common data collection methods such as surveys and focus groups. While focused on Ministry funded projects, this webinar will be useful for anyone keen to develop assessment and evaluation skills for any projects.

Work-Integrated Learning Projects Making Progress Across BC

Significant progress is being made on the 66 projects funded under the BC Government Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Initiative. Project coordinators across the BC Post Secondary Institutions (PSIs) are busy working hard to adapt to the realities of COVID-19 and complete projects that will have positive impacts on employers, WIL practitioners, and most importantly, students.

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Work-Integrated Learning Projects Making Progress Across BC

First in Series of Employer Webinars a Success

In conjunction with Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of BC & Yukon (CPHR), ACE-WIL facilitated an employer webinar for CPHR members to showcase the benefits of supporting students in WIL opportunities in their organization. Three seasoned WIL HR panelists from MNP, Safe Software and an independent HR consultant discussed the benefits of hiring WIL students and strategies for building WIL programming into their organization.

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First in series of employer webinars a success

New Regional Hub for Employers on Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island University (VIU) and North Island College (NIC) are working together to boost work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities for students and support employer access to the workforce of the future. Launched in October 2020, the Vancouver Island Work Integrated Learning (VIWIL) hub is a website platform connecting WIL employers to students.

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New Regional Hub for Employers on Vancouver Island

Town Hall Recaps

September 29th Town Hall

In case you missed the latest ACE-WIL Virtual Town Hall, “Let’s Connect” (Sept 29), here’s a quick recap… The session was hosted by Helena Prins, Advisor, BCcampus and was facilitated by Jennie Nilsson, ACE-WIL BC/Yukon President.

Noteworthy highlights included:
  • ACE-WIL/BC Chamber partnership project- snapshot data from a recent survey to BC Chamber members shared. The complete report will be available soon to members.
  • A call for volunteers for the new Resource Hub work team. If interested, contact Jennie.
  • Overview of ACE-WIL Strategic Planning...
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October 27th Town Hall

The October 27th Town Hall on support strategies was hosted BC Campus advisor Helena Prins and facilitated by ACE-WIL President Jennie Nilsson. The Town Hall included a student panel, a presentation on creative ways to be ergonomic while working from home and an update on upcoming events.

Four students attended the ACE-WIL student panel on support strategies: Harper Friedman, Katheryna Khong, Vasundhara Seli and Emily Jackson.
The students explained their experience taking classes, doing WIL, and finding jobs virtually.

Carol Yin, a co-op student from SFU, also gave an informative presentation on Creative Ways to Apply Ergonomic Principles Working at Home.

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Six Tools for Diversity in WIL: Supporting Employers to Attract, Hire and Onboard Students from International Pathways

This 90-minute virtual professional development session will present a set of six tools to support diversity in WIL and will share a research-driven approach for WIL practitioners to support employers in attracting, hiring, and onboarding students from international pathways. Participants will interact with the tools, developed by the ACE-WIL Research Committee, and will learn more about what employers have told us about hiring students from international pathways.
Wednesday, December 9th 2020 10:30am-12:00pm
This session will include:
  • A panel discussion with the ACE-WIL Research Committee
  • A question & answer session featuring WIL employers representing a range of industries
  • Breakout sessions to learn about and interact with the six tools for supporting employers to attract, hire and onboard students from international pathways
Limited spots are available for this event. Register now to secure your seat!

This session will take place via Zoom. You will be provided with a Zoom link for the session once registered.

Next Town Hall: Update on Provincial Projects

Join us at our next Town Hall on November 17, where you will have the opportunity to hear an update on some of the pan-provincial projects funded under the BC government's $9M investment. You’ll meet the leads of some of these projects, such as the Project Coordinator for the ACE-WIL/BC Chamber of Commerce joint project. Learn what’s up-and-coming and how it may apply to your work.

We would also like to hear from you, on how ACE-WIL can support your needs as practitioners, or what you would like to see as priority areas of our association.

Date: Tuesday, November 17th, 12 noon to 1 pm

After registering, you will receive a link to the scheduled zoom meeting. We look forward to seeing you there!

Another Town Hall on December 1st

Save the Date! Join us on December 1st, where Julie Walchli, BC WIL Council Chair, and Camilo Pena from the UBC Planning and Institutional Research Group, will share early results of the BC WIL Council Employer/Community Partner Survey that closed recently. With over 1,500 responses representing all WIL types and most BC PSIs, this survey, focused on Covid-19 impacts, offers useful data on which to base future institutional WIL planning and Association activities.

Stay tuned for a registration link.
Want to submit content for next month's ACE-WIL e-newsletter?

Submit your content to Sanya Sivic at and Sarah Gibson at by December 8th. Please include any necessary images or links.
Be sure to stop by the new ACE-WIL BC/Yukon LinkedIn page to catch the latest updates