Academica survey gauges employers' perspective on work-integrated learning

October 31, 2012

The latest in a multi-phase study conducted by Academica Group and commissioned by HEQCO finds that participation in post-secondary work-integrated learning (WIL) programs such as co-ops and work placements not only helps students transition into the workforce, but also earns them more money when they start work. 40% of Ontario employers surveyed reported hiring PSE graduates who were entering the workforce directly from college or university since 2010. Of those, more than 60% hired at least one graduate who was a WIL participant – overwhelmingly a graduate who had obtained WIL experience at the employer's own workplace. More than a third of employers offered WIL programs for PSE students and cited "developing the workforce skills needed for their industry or profession" and "pre-screening potential new hires" as their top reasons. To meet the growing demand for WIL, the findings suggest that PSE institutions could boost employer involvement by providing more information about the full range of WIL options available and facilitating processes for employers to recruit and select WIL students. Research Summary | Full Report