Our Member best practices in the past have revealed amazing results that come through participation and collaboration with students and their academic institutions - particularly when it comes to generating new ideas, processes, efficiency improvement, exposing potential areas of growth, social media development and so forth - the list is endless!
An interesting discussion this week with a representative of Centennial College revealed some wonderful opportunities available right now for employers interested in utilizing co-op students. An awesome way to train, share and demonstrate the dynamic world of manufacturing and the endless paths that are available for those looking at a career in that regard!
Susan Kates, MBA, is the Professor and Experiential Learning Coordinator at the School of Business in Toronto, Ontario. She is very passionate about her students and the programs and would be very keen to hear from you if you would like to learn more about taking part in this very worthwhile academic endeavour.
"At Centennial College we are committed to helping students gain work experience. Centennial College has two post graduate programs, International Business Management and Project Management that has an Experiential Learning semester affiliated with their Certificate completion. As the Experiential Learning Coordinator I look for opportunities for my students, marrying their undergraduate degrees and experience, where applicable, with their newly found knowledge.
The students range from a variety of backgrounds, from finance to engineering, from human resources to event management, from law to business analysis, from accounting to marketing, as well as from a spectrum of industry sectors, from automotive to oil and gas, from agriculture to consumer packaged goods, from management consulting to banking. Many of the students have international education, have studied in various parts of the globe and have chosen Centennial College to gain their certificates.
Many of the students speak multiple languages, being of value to those organizations looking to enter into global markets and need talent familiar with the culture and the language of the country they are looking to do business with.
As part of the Experiential Learning semester, the students are placed into a work environment for a 14 week period, 28 hours a week. The students go to their host employer from Monday to Thursday, returning to class on Friday for a course which compliments their work experience. The students are unpaid, but an honorarium at the end of their semester is greatly appreciated.
What we ask for from the employer is to evaluate the student at the end of the semester, which is then used towards their final grad.
Students are available at the beginning of every semester; September, January and May. The process is quite simple.
As the Coordinator, I work with employers, determine their needs, then forward resumes to them. The employer then gets in touch with the student, arranging either an face-to-face interview, SKYPE interview or a phone interview, again, whatever works best for the student and the employer.
Centennial College does provide a WSIB form to the employer to assure the employer the student is covered by the Institution.
I would be happy to discuss the program further, as we are currently looking for opportunities for the May semester. I do have a number of students still looking for placement.
Thank you in advance for all your help and support."
Given the amount of positive feedback and opportunities that relationships with academic institutions have rendered for our Members that we have heard about in our networking events, we encourage you to consider what the possibilities might be for your company!
If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to reach out to Susan at any time as per the information below:
Susan Kates, MBA
Professor and Experiential Learning Coordinator
School of Business
Toronto, ON M1K 5E9
Wishing you all the best as always!
Bren de Leeuw
Sr. Community Development & Food and Beverage Program Manager
Excellence In Manufacturing Consortium - www.emccanada.org
firstname.lastname@example.org - 519-372-6009