What  is Work Integrated Learning (WIL)?

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) is a method of work or practice, which connects students to their learning in a real world environment to ensure there is a good fit and to make classroom learning come alive. CEWIL Canada defines WIL as "a model and process of curricular experiential education which formally and intentionally integrates a student’s academic studies within a workplace or practice setting.” (CEWIL 2018). The nine types of WIL include Co-operative Education, Work Experience, Mandatory Professional Practicum/Clinical Placement, Applied Research Projects, Service Learning, Apprenticeships, Entrepreneurship, Internships, and Field Experience.

WIL at Langara

To be a quality WIL opportunity, there are three partners involved: the student, the institution, and the community partner, and there is purposeful reflection on lessons learned. Langara College was the first college in British Columbia to start offering co-op work terms in 1983. Today, we continue to place students in paid co-op work terms, every semesters in program areas including Computer Science, Business Management, Marketing Management, Accounting, and more.

Interested in discussing option on how to pair Langara talent with community needs? Looking to learn more about hiring domestic students with funding opportunities including federal wage subsidies? Connect with Heather Workman, WIL Coordinator, at hworkman@langara.ca.

WIL Summer 2021 Update

Both the provincial and federal governments announced in their April budgets that funding to support the hiring of students for Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities, both within classes and in workplaces will continue. The federal government continues their commitment to support businesses looking to hire students through the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) program. The SWPP is delivered through eight partners and each partner has a different focus (e.g. biotech, digital communications, mining, etc.). For links to SWPP partners and other funding sources, visit the ACE-WIL BC funding website.
Please note that as budgets were recently announced, ACE-WIL BC and all funders are currently in the process of updating their websites to reflect the newest budget announcements. Most funding organizations are still taking applications for the summer work term although some are waiting to approve funding until budgets are passed by the Treasury Board.

Opportunities

Langara still has students available for four or eight month work terms working in the office or from home. If you are interested in hiring a Langara co-op or Post-Degree Diploma student, we have student talent available every academic semester and would be happy to post your opportunity and help you find a student who is the right fit. As we continue to operate under flexible COVID guidelines, each work term will continue to be a minimum of 280 hours for the 2021 year. Connect with us by contacting coop@langara.ca.

If you have a smaller project or research idea which might fit well for a class project, contact Heather Workman, WIL Coordinator, at hworkman@langara.ca to connect.