A work placement is a great way to gain practical experience, build your resume, develop your employability skills, and learn what it takes to be successful in your field. Our work placement program for Diploma students, WORK2LEARN, is all about helping students learn and develop work-ready skills outside of the classroom.
If you are like most students, you came to college to find a good job when you graduate. There is a definite connection between participating in work placement, and landing that good job. We know employers prefer to hire graduates who have gained work term experience at their own workplace. In fact, in a recent survey of Ontario employers who hired grads, “over 80% extended offers of employment to graduates who had gained work term experience at their worksite”. (HEQCO, October 2012).
Work term experience gives you a head start on your career, and a competitive advantage over other recent graduates who don't have this experience.A meaningful work placement is an opportunity for you to learn and build skills for career success in your field of study. In designated Diploma programs, a placement is also:
*Note: For Interior Decorating, the work term occurs after Semester 2, minimum 240 hours.
WORK2LEARN is a two-phase process. Phase 1 is preparing for the job search by registering in WORK 120 and attending workshops (Fall 2018) and searching for a placement (Winter 2019); Phase 2 is the work placement itself (WORK 121 - Work Placement, Summer 2019). There is a one-time, non-refundable fee of $285 ($Cdn), payable at the time of registration. Fees cover the costs associated with job search workshops, resume feedback, employer marketing and outreach, career events, the job posting system and employer database, administration and student placement support.
Upon successful completion of WORK 120 and the work placement itself, students will receive SATisfactory (PASS) evaluations on their academic record. In addition to job leads provided by the School, students are expected to actively pursue their own career goals and interests. As a student in WORK2LEARN, you will be required to conduct your own job search to improve your employment prospects. Students are ultimately responsible for their own employment success.
The following Diploma programs have optional work terms (May to August) after Semester 4 (except in Interior Decorating where the work term occurs after Semester 2):
To be eligible to participate in WORK2LEARN students must be enrolled full-time in a work term designated program, eligible to participate in an optional work placement (in the case of International students), and, available to work during the scheduled work term period. Students must also be in good academic standing and have successfully completed all core courses prior to the work term.
Interested in joining OACETT or becoming a Certified Engineering Technician or Technologist (CET/CTEC)?
Other academic institutions with work term requirements, as well as organizations such as the Ontario Association of Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT), frequently recognize formal work term experience gained from our programs!