Partnership Guidelines

Objective 

BHER works with Canadian employers and post-secondary institutions (PSIs) to support the delivery of work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities for post-secondary students in their first degree or diploma. The intent of this program is to enable organizations to create programming that will help support employers in accelerating the adoption of WIL within their workforce. The expected outcome of this program is to give all students the experience of participating in at least one WIL opportunity prior to graduation. Participating in high-quality WIL better prepares students to transition to the workforce, which allows them to contribute to a resilient Canadian workforce that is prepared to tackle the future.

Eligibility 

Any Canadian employer, business/industry association, or other organizations that directly or indirectly create meaningful work-integrated learning opportunities in Canada. Direct involvement of these opportunities would include developing WIL opportunities in their own workplace while indirect involvement could include support the creation of WIL through partners, supply chains, etc. Please note that BHER is not funding direct WIL placements but instead funding organizations to create WIL programs that result in the creation of WIL opportunities and outcomes.

WIL activities may include but are not limited to: 

  • Co-op placements;
  • Practicums;
  • Applied research projects; 
  • Mentorship support for existing or new WIL programs; and
  • Internships.

See the Definition of Work-Integrated Learning document for more details on what qualifies as a WIL opportunity or activity. 

How Funding Works 

There are three available funding streams which are outlined below. Additional details around priority areas and assessment criteria are located in the enclosed Assessment Criteria document. 

Stream #1: WIL Program Prototype 

  • Best suited for: single organization
  • Funding ask: up to $100,000
  • Estimated WIL creation: 100-400 opportunities 
  • Reach: Local to regional

Stream #2: WIL Prototype Scale-Up

  • Best suited for: single organization or consortium partnership
  • Funding ask: $100,000 to $500,000
  • Estimated WIL creation: 400-2000 opportunities 
  • Reach: Regional to pan-Canadian

Stream #3: WIL Capacity Building

  • Best suited for: consortium partnership
  • Funding ask: $500,000 to $1,000,000
  • Estimated WIL creation: 2000-5000 opportunities
  • Reach: pan-Canadian

Stream #1: WIL Program Prototype

All streams are inclusive of multiple sectors, academic fields, and WIL types. Note that the estimated WIL creation numbers are an approximate guideline. If you fall outside of those ranges, BHER encourages you to reach out to the WIL Partnerships team prior to submitting an application to discuss your proposed program.  

The goal of this stream is to support any organization who wants to prototype small-scale, new, innovative WIL programs that an organization believes would add value for both students and employers participating in the program. The WIL Program Prototype is best suited for single organizations of any size. With funding up to $100,000 that supports the creation of approximately 100-400 WIL opportunities, this steam is an opportunity for organizations to create a program that fills a gap they see in their community or region. The duration of this contract would be up to 12 months, depending on the needs and duration of the program. Projects can start at your preferred date but funding cannot be extended past March 31, 2022. 

Cash and in-kind matching from the partner organization is encouraged but not required. The application will be reviewed internally by the BHER WIL Partnerships team, a process which may take up to four to six weeks. 

Stream #2: WIL Prototype Scale-Up

The second stream helps to support organizations that want to scale-up existing WIL programs to include additional underrepresented groups (as noted in the Assessment Criteria), examine innovative methods of delivering WIL, and more. The WIL Prototype Scale-Up stream is best suited for single organizations or a consortium of partner organizations. With funding up to $500,000 that supports the creation of approximately 400 to 2,000 WIL opportunities, this stream is an opportunity for organizations to create a program that fills a gap they see in their industry sector, province/territory or across Canada. The duration of this contract would be 12 to 24 months, depending on the needs and duration of your program. Projects can start at your preferred date but funding cannot be extended past March 31, 2022.   

Cash and in-kind matching from the partner organization is required and must match up to 25% of the total project costs. The application will be reviewed internally by the BHER WIL Partnerships team and  an external panel of subject matter experts. The review process will take approximately six to eight weeks. 

Stream #3: WIL Capacity Building

This stream helps to build capacity for WIL within organizations. This could involve the expansion of successful WIL programs, supporting additional groups of students or employers, or adding an innovative component to current WIL opportunities (e.g., change in delivery, types of opportunities, partners you connect with, etc.) The WIL Capacity Building stream is best suited for large organizations or a consortium of partner organizations. With funding up to $1 million that supports the creation of 2,000 to 5,000 WIL opportunities, this stream presents an opportunity for organizations to create a program that fills a gap they see across Canada. The duration of this contract would be 12 to 24 months, depending on the needs and duration of your program. Projects can start at your preferred date but funding cannot be extended past March 31, 2022.   

Cash and in-kind matching from the partner organization is required and must match at least  50% of the total project costs. The application will be reviewed internally by the BHER WIL Partnerships team and  an external panel of subject matter experts. The review process can take up to six to eight weeks.

How to Apply 

Please send your completed Expression of Interest (EOI) to wilpartnerships@bher.ca. If you have any specific questions around your proposed EOI content, please reach out to the members of the WIL Partnerships team prior to submitting your EOI. Formal EOI submissions will only be accepted through the specified email. 

 

Contact the BHER WIL Partnerships Team: 

 

Contact BHER WIL Product Development:

If your organization does not directly create work-integrated learning opportunities but supports ancillary WIL activities or works to strengthen the WIL ecosystem through product development and research projects, please reach out to Jen Schenkel at jennifer.schenkel@bher.ca to discuss potential partnership opportunities. 

 

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