Kathy Smart

Kathy Smart

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ASPIRE Innovation and Industry Insight Weekend

Posted by Kathy Smart on Feb 27, 2019 10:06:56 AM

Source: TFI Newsletter February 2019 Edition 

TFI launched The ASPIRE Challenge in October 2018; a competitive, industry-led innovation challenge designed to attract 2nd year post-secondary students to Financial Services and showcase innovation within the sector. The Challenge was built to incorporate meaningful employer interaction and feedback into every stage, providing all participants with solid work-integrated learning (WIL) experience and increasing the number of WIL opportunities available to students within the GTA.

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Topics: Canada, Talent, Toronto, Finance

Innovation in Action – Engaging the Next Generation of Talent with Financial Services

Posted by Kathy Smart on Nov 30, 2018 2:12:29 PM

Source: TFI Newsletter November 2018 Edition 

Work-integrated learning (WIL) – an unfamiliar phrase to most of us, is a term meant to modernize and broaden the definition of student work experience beyond traditional examples such as co-ops and internships. Given its potential to positively impact the level of work readiness and employability among our student population across Canada, it’s no wonder that the concept of WIL is growing in popularity among post-secondary educators, employer talent acquisition teams and government officials alike.  In fact, governments at all levels are proactively investing in WIL, to support students’ transition to the workplace.  One example of this progressive support is the federal government’s $2M+ investment earlier this year in expanding ASPIRE, a sector-wide, student WIL initiative led by Toronto Finance International.  ASPIRE’s goal is the creation of 10,000 new WIL opportunities in financial services by the end of 2020. 

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Topics: Canada, Talent, Toronto, Finance

 

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