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Explore the work of ACE-WIL BC/Yukon through our blog. Here you will find inspirational stories from students, profiles of all our award winners, news, events, resources and wisdom from the wonderful humans that contribute to the vision of ACE-WIL.

Announcements , Funding
Work-Integrated Learning Projects Making Progress Across BC

Significant progress is being made on the 66 projects funded under the BC Government Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Initiative. Project coordinators across the BC Post Secondary Institutions (PSIs) are busy working hard to adapt to the realities of COVID-19 and complete projects that will have positive impacts on employers, WIL practitioners,…

Events , Member resources
Recap: ACE-WIL Town Hall - Let’s Connect!

In case you missed the latest ACE-WIL Virtual Town Hall, “Let’s Connect” (Sept 29), here’s a quick recap… The session was hosted by Helena Prins, Advisor, BCcampus and was facilitated by Jennie Nilsson, ACE-WIL BC/Yukon President. Noteworthy updates and highlights included:

ACE-WIL/BC Chamber partnership project- snapshot data from a recent…
Employer resources , Events
Upcoming webinar series to show workplaces ways to engage WIL students

As businesses and organizations adapt to the demands of the pandemic, they’re looking at news ways of doing things. And that includes considering whether post-secondary students can help them pivot during the recovery. They know that students bring creativity, new skills and energy to an organization. However, bringing a student…

Announcements
New Federal Labour Standards for Work-Integrated Learning

According to a release issued by Employment and Social Development Canada, “Young people need opportunities to develop their skills and gain the practical, hands-on experience they need to find good-quality jobs. The Government of Canada wants to make sure that they are protected while they get…

Events
ACE-WIL Town Hall September 29 – Let’s Connect!

Join ACE-WIL members and BCcampus at noon on September 29 to discover the latest ACE-WIL initiatives and resources to help you in your work. We will also have time for an informal community of practice where you can share ideas with your colleagues.

As we move into an unprecedented start…

COVID-19 , Success Stories
New Kids on the Block: Foundry Spatial’s Remote Co-op Onboarding
By UVic co-op students Lauren Feyer & Maheen Arif

Everyone’s familiar with the feeling of nervous excitement that comes with the first day at a new job. A typical onboarding process has always, up until now, featured a tour of the office, being assigned to a workspace, and the daunting…

COVID-19 , Employer resources , Student Resources
ACE-WIL COVID-19 Toolkit offers employer and community partners tips for success

Remote work, safety protocols and virtual recruiting are now part of our post-COVID reality. That’s why ACE-WIL has created a COVID-19 toolkit with tips and strategies for workplaces as they look to recruit, onboard and work with work-integrated learning (WIL) students.

The Toolkit contains six tipsheets…

Employer resources
5 top tips for successfully recruiting students in a virtual world

With the potential of economic recovery heading into fall, it would be smart to start looking at how to recruit the best in post-secondary student talent now. Whether you’re looking to get a student onboard as part of a work-integrated learning opportunity or hire a soon-to-be graduate…

Member resources
Get ready for virtual recruiting this Fall

On July 14 and 15, 2020, Brainstorm Strategy Group hosted a virtual Campus Recruiting Forum, to give participants the opportunity to explore how to optimize virtual recruiting heading into Fall. Moving to virtual means that organizations need to be more thoughtful in their approach to students. Here’s how WIL practitioners can help.

Announcements , COVID-19 , Employer resources , Funding
New SWPP Measures

UPDATED as of July 20, 2020.

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) joined CEWIL on Monday, April 6 to announce some temporary flexibility measures for Federal SWPP funding, to be delivered through existing SWPP partners. These measures are expected to be in place until March 2021. Additional measures were revealed…

Events
Ideas flow during townhall on pivoting WIL curriculum online

On Tuesday, June 16, about 60 WIL practitioners got together for a collaborative session to discuss pivoting their WIL curriculum online during an ACE-WIL BC/Yukon townhall. The townhall was hosted by Helena Prins, BCcampus, and facilitated by Jennie Nilsson, ACE-WIL President.

Since the theme of the day was sharing ideas,…

Events
Two collaboration townhalls in June

Come join us in collaborating with peers about moving your WIL preparatory curriculum for students online for remote delivery. These will be informal, interactive sessions on Zoom with breakout room for brainstorming and sharing ideas. Bring your questions, inspiration, success stories…