We are living in rapidly changing times. The pace of innovation, disruptive new technologies and rising global competition for talent mean that today’s graduates are entering a labour market dramatically different from the one that awaited previous generations of Canadians. With career trajectories less linear, and jobs requiring a very different mix of skills, Canada needs a fresh approach to meeting the challenges that exist at the intersection of business, education and employment.
In 2015, the Business + Higher Education Roundtable set a bold target: for 100 per cent of undergraduate students to have access to some kind of WIL prior to graduation.
Since then, BHER continues to work alongside our partners to make this vision a reality, fostering a number of sector-specific WIL initiatives.
BHER’s model works in stages:
Beyond this, we champion and support WIL programs across all other industries. Visit WiL in Action to see examples of programs across the country.
CEO Champion: Dave McKay, President and CEO, RBC
Goal: 10,000 new placements in the financial services by 2020
Sector Partner: The Toronto Financial Services Alliance
CEO Champions: Tom Gitzel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cameco Corporation and Don Lindsay, President and Chief Executive Officer, Teck Resources Limited.
Goal: 1000 new placements in mining by 2020
Sector partner: The Mining Industry Human Resources Council
CEO Champions: Marc Parent, President and Chief Executive Officer, CAE
Goal: Create an additional 10,000 WIL opportunities in the Mobility and Aerospace sector.
Sector partner: Canadian Mobility and Aerospace Insitute
Goal: 500+ student placements in Atlantic-based startups
Sector partner: Venture for Canada
· $4.4 million in federal funding committed
· VFC does work with over 300 innovative SMEs through our different programs.
· Over 90% of VFC Fellows / partner employers are satisfied with their participation in the current VFC Fellowship program
Sector champion: Linda Hasenfratz, President and CEO, Linamar Corporation
Goal: 10,000 new placements in advanced manufacturing
Sector Partner: Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
CEO Champions: David Filipchuk, President and Chief Executive Officer, PCL Constructors Inc.
Progress: More updates forthcoming