Canada should expand $73M WIL program beyond STEM, business: Peacock

October 26, 2017

A federal program to expand student work placements will support more students and companies that least need the assistance, writes David Peacock, executive director Community Service-Learning at the University of Alberta. Peacock notes that the $73M Student Work-Integrated Learning program is directed only toward students from the STEM and business fields, adding that this limitation will further entrench a number of inequities in the educational system and labour force. Peacock argues that the over-representation of men in the STEM and business fields will mean that the funds will benefit men more than other genders. Further, Peacock argues that a STEM bias in the work-integrated learning program is also likely to reward more privileged students while excluding the non-profit sector. The Conversation