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.