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Employer resources
Talent Forward Program Launches

This January, the BC Chamber of Commerce and ACE-WIL launched Talent Forward, a program that seeks to raise awareness in the BC business community about the value of bringing work-integrated learning and co-op students onboard. This program is funded through the Ministry of Advanced Education, Training, and Skills.

Talent Forward helps businesses find the right student talent for their business in…

Member resources
BC MindReader survey reveals workplaces’ need for education and support

In September, ACE-WIL BC/Yukon partnered with the BC Chamber of Commerce on a survey through the Chamber’s BC MindReader™ platform, which gathers opinions and insight from businesses across BC. The goal of the research was to understand employer perspectives regarding work-integrated learning (WIL), including their awareness of the different types…

Humans of ACE-WIL
Meet Brandy Welles

For this month’s Humans of Ace blog, we spoke to Brandy Welles, co-op coordinator with the Arts and Social Sciences co-op program at Simon Fraser University. Brandy rejoined SFU last year after having previously worked at SFU and UBC in work integrated learning roles, and also has extensive communications experience…

Events , Professional Development
December Pro-D Event: Six Tools for Diversity in WIL

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…

Announcements , Member resources
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.

An Employer Facing Resource

Launched in October 2020, the Vancouver Island Work Integrated Learning (VIWIL) hub is a website…

Employer resources , Events
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.

Events , Member resources
Takeaways from the 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.

Student Panel


Announcements , COVID-19 , Funding , Member resources
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,…

Events , Member resources
Recap: ACE-WIL Town Hall - Let’s Connect!

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 updates and highlights included:

ACE-WIL/BC Chamber partnership project- snapshot data from a recent…
Employer resources , Events
Upcoming webinar series to show workplaces ways to engage WIL students

As businesses and organizations adapt to the demands of the pandemic, they’re looking at new ways of doing things. And that includes considering whether post-secondary students can help them pivot during the recovery. They know that students bring creativity, new skills and energy to an organization. However, bringing a student…

New Federal Labour Standards for Work-Integrated Learning

According to a release issued by Employment and Social Development Canada, “Young people need opportunities to develop their skills and gain the practical, hands-on experience they need to find good-quality jobs. The Government of Canada wants to make sure that they are protected while they get…

ACE-WIL Town Hall September 29 – Let’s Connect!

Join ACE-WIL members and BCcampus at noon on September 29 to discover the latest ACE-WIL initiatives and resources to help you in your work. We will also have time for an informal community of practice where you can share ideas with your colleagues.

As we move into an unprecedented start…