Four principles that will set Canada on the path to universal WIL opportunities

July 11, 2016

“We believe that 100 per cent of Canada’s post-secondary students should have access to some form of work-integrated learning,” write UCalgary President Elizabeth Cannon, George Brown College President Anne Sado, and OpenText Corporation Chairman Tom Jenkins. While the authors admit that they do not expect “to reach [their] goal next month, or next year,” they argue that the large-scale and long-term benefits of universal WIL opportunities are essential to growing the economy and providing students with the skills they need. The authors highlight four key principles that will be necessary for guiding the country toward universal WIL opportunities: finding a common definition of WIL, identifying effective practices, soliciting buy-in from key stakeholders, and remembering the core values informing the initiative. iPolitics