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25Post-Secondary Institutions

Benefits of Hiring a WIL Student

When you hire a work-integrated learning (WIL) student, you invest in the next generation while bringing quality talent to your company at a reasonable cost.


ACE-WIL BC/Yukon recognizes the challenging situation that COVID-19 has created for our partners in work-integrated learning. Our work is changing daily as governments, institutions and employers react and respond to Health Authority directives.

If you are currently supervising a student, or are a student on a work term, now is the time to have conversations  around working remotely, sick pay, self-isolation, and other situations that may occur in these evolving and quickly changing global circumstances.

Please see more information from our national association click here

For more information from ACE-WIL BC/Yukon click here

For FAQs and institution specific information regarding COVID-19 click here

Please reach out if you have questions or concerns: info@co-op.bc.ca

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Supplement existing staff during peak periods and temporary leaves

New Ideas

Bring in a new perspective and fresh ideas to your organization

Build Your Brand

Market your organization to potential future employees

Succession Planning

Assess new talent for future recruitment after graduation

Professional Development

Develop the leadership potential of your existing staff


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Why Hire a WIL Student?

Attract the best and brightest emerging talent in BC / Yukon. Whether you’re looking for an accounting or zoology major (or anything in between) our 15 post-secondary talent pools have the right staffing solution for you.

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“We’ve employed five different Co-op students and each has made a valuable contribution. In fact, our experience with Co-op has been so successful that we’ve permanently hired two of our students for very responsible positions.”

– CFB Chilliwack

“Our co-op students have proven to be very valuable employees.”

– BC Ministry of Forestry and Range

“The student’s optimistic attitude and diverse abilities were excellent, especially for working independently on a demanding project. I will go through Co-op Education each time I search for summer help because the students are competent, intelligent, and fit in well with regular staff.”

– Trail & District Public Library

2019 ACE-WIL Industry Partner of the Year

ACE-WIL BC/Yukon is pleased to announce RebalanceMD as the 2019 Industry Partner of the Year for their ongoing commitment to providing highly sought after, valuable and unique learning opportunities for students since 2013. RebalanceMD has hired co-operative education and work integrated learning students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels… Learn More
RebalanceMD, Industry Partner of the Year, with CEO Stefan Fletcher and WIL student Ronak Sheiki working at Rebalance during her clinical kinesiology co-op work term. Credit: ReBalanceMD.

BC Public Service Staff Award of Excellence

The Staff Award of Excellence: Cultivating the Co-op Employee Experience recognizes BC Public Service employees who have helped create a positive and valuable work experience for a co-op employee. Any BC Public Service employee may be nominated for this award provided the nominee has demonstrated excellence in training, mentoring and supporting a co-op employee.

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2018 award winner Renée Mulligan (centre), pictured with Leanna Gruendel and Kurt Sandstrom

Employer FAQs

Find answers to a list of common questions asked by employers.

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When are Co-op students available?
Work terms generally start in January, May and September and last for approximately four to eight months.

Which programs offer Co-op?
Please check our Search for Co-op Programs as offerings will vary across post-secondary institutions.

Can employers contact students directly?
Co-op programs are responsible for negotiating work terms with employers and for the logistics of matching students and employers. Until a final job assignment has been made, all communication should go through the Co-op office.

What is the cost of hiring a Co-op Student?
There are no fees to participate in the Co-op process for the employer. However, Co-op employers must comply with federal and provincial employment standards and human rights codes. Additionally, the expectation is that the employer pays the student an equitable wage in keeping with their experience and educational level.