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 and we still place numerous Computer Science as well as Business and Bioinformatics students out on four or eight-month paid co-op work terms every term.

Recent provincial funding is allowing us to explore the expansion of other types of WIL on our campus such as shorter work terms, service learning, more applied research opportunities and other types of internship.

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 Update

Work Integrated Learning at Langara and across all Canadian campuses navigated a massive pivot with the COVID crisis. Since March many co-op, work term, apprenticeship, applied research, field school, practicums and service-learning projects were either put on hold, had a delayed start, or were cancelled altogether. Collectively, an average of 25% of WIL experiences this spring and summer were cancelled outright as organizations and companies struggled to adapt to WFH or "Working From Home." Langara as part of our provincial and national WIL associations worked hard to introduce flexibilities and supports to assist community organizations and our own campus to create new and adapted WIL options for students. For information how to hire, onboard and successfully manage students working from home or in person or a combination of both, please see the following Employer Toolkit from CEWIL Canada, including information on student wage subsidies and webinars on how to adapt.

Opportunities

Langara still has students available for four or eight month work terms working in the office or from home. Many of the domestic students are eligible for a wage subsidy to offset the cost of hiring them. Post your job on the C3 Job Board.

Need a Library Tech student to help with data organization and archiving of electronic records and data management from your company's COVID response or general business activities? Contact dianethompson@langara.ca or hworkman@langara.ca to bring a student in for 120-280 hours of project work starting January or February 2021.