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If you’re looking to work with a WIL student, but needed some additional support and guidance, ACE-WIL is proud to offer two new advisory programs designed to help you get up-and-running.
The Talent Forward program helps businesses find the right student talent for their business needs. They offer free one-to-one advising services as well as other informative resources and events to support hiring student talent across BC. This program is open to BC businesses and is funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Training, and Skills in partnership with ACE-WIL and the BC Chamber of Commerce.Learn more about Talent Forward
The Talent MATCH program helps members of the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture, the BC Museums Association, and go2HR: BC’s tourism human resource association. This free program is funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Training, and Skills in partnership with ACE-WIL.Learn more about Talent MATCH
If you’re new to working with students, we understand it can be a bit intimidating to get started. After all, there are thousands of students, hundreds of programs offering work-integrated learning and 25 post-secondary institutions across the province. Where do you start?
Take a look within your organization. Where could a student help? Are there staffing gaps that need to be filled? Do you have projects you’d finally like to get off the back burner? Are you looking ahead to permanent hiring and want to check out student talent to get a head start? Or perhaps you want to help mentor students to help build a stronger future workforce?
What skills will the WIL student need in order to help you accomplish your goal? Are there specific courses or program they’ll need to have completed first? How much time will they be spending with your organization: a few weeks, a few months, or longer?
There are 25 universities, colleges and institutes in BC that incorporate work-integrated learning into their programs. You can stay local, or take a look across BC. Many students are open to travelling for the right opportunity, and as remote work becomes more common, they could work with you virtually. Research now >
Use our portal to share your WIL opportunity to programs and institutions across BC. Prep your job description and upload it through our online form. Fill out your contact details and check off the boxes according to your answers in steps 1 to 3. Click submit, and your opportunity will be shared with the institutions you’ve selected. Start now >
Once in the hands of the institutions, you’ll have support with the collection of applications. Some will even be able to help coordinate interviews, depending on the type of WIL program. Check out these tips for recruiting in a virtual world. After you’ve completed interviews and found the right student, be prepared to make an offer fairly quickly.
Depending on your situation, the type of work, and the length of time you’ll need the WIL student, you may be eligible for BC or Federal funding. Each funder has unique requirements, and most commit to an easy application process and a quick response. Find out more >
Now that you know who will be joining your team, and when, you’ll have to determine the logistics of bringing someone new on-board. You’ll go through the same steps when hiring a student as you would with a regular employee.
As well, figure out what the first few days on-the-job will look like: who will meet with the student to get them settled and introduce them to their new colleagues? Will the student get started on their tasks right away or will they be required to do research/reading to get them up-to-speed before they start their duties?
Determine who will supervise the student and have them plan on meeting the student regularly, whether it’s a daily 10-minute check-in or a weekly half-hour meeting, especially at the start. They should be prepared to offer guidance to the student, answer any questions, and provide feedback.
Because this is an educational program, the supervisor should be prepared to provide feedback, whether it’s at regular one-on-one meetings with the student, at a mid-term check-in with a representative from the student’s academic institution, and/or completing a final evaluation form that will be required by the institution.
Hiring a student doesn’t have to be a challenge and can provide both short- and long-term benefits. Students are eager-to-learn, bring a fresh perspective and energy to your organization, and can be more cost-effective than hiring contractors or going through a temp agency.
As well, many businesses use these student placements as a recruitment tool, as it provides an opportunity to scout for upcoming talent. You’ll have experience working with the student and can evaluate their performance before committing to hiring into a permanent role. Some businesses opt to keep a student on part-time until they graduate.