#SheridanWorks - Celebrating National Co-op and Work-Integrated Learning Month
Date: Mar. 1, 2021 – Mar. 31, 2021
Time: 12:00 a.m.
What is National Co-op and Work-Integrated Learning Month?
The month of March is designated by Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada as a celebration of co-op and work-integrated learning (WIL). Sheridan is a proud member of CEWIL and our Career-Integrated Learning team is excited to promote the successes of our students, employers, WIL programs and our community partners and employers.
Throughout the month, our team has a number of planned activities. Please follow us on social and get involved using #SheridanWorks, and follow CEWIL month activities via #innovativeWIL
Why is Co-op and WIL Month important to our Sheridan community?
Our Career-Integrated Learning team, in partnership with all academic faculties, is committed to many forms of WIL including apprenticeship, field placement/experience, mandatory professional practice, internship and cooperative education. Sheridan delivers high-impact, quality and diverse work-integrated learning; each year, more than 7,500 students from more than 80 different diploma, degree and certificate programs participate in WIL. We believe in the value of reciprocal work-learn relationships between our students, faculty, employers and community partners.
Sheridan also has a long-standing and rich history of excellence in WIL. For more than 30 years, Sheridan has been providing co-op experiences to our students. Check out our anniversary video below:
Perhaps the best reason to celebrate WIL Month is our exceptional students:
- A Sheridan student has won a CEWIL Canada National Student of the Year Award in seven of the last nine years.
- A Sheridan student has won the Ontario Co-op Student of the Year Award in six of the last eight years.
- A Sheridan student won the inaugural Ontario WIL Student of the Year Award in 2018.
Meet Christina Weng, the 2020 National and Provincial Co-op Student of the Year!
How does Sheridan prepare our students to be successful?
Sheridan’s Career-Integrated Learning team and Faculties consider career education, competency development and career preparation as critical to our students’ success. We deliberately integrate career education into all forms of learning and we enable students to practice, reflect upon, understand, and apply their transferable skills. This happens in the classroom through experiential learning, in the workplace through work-integrated learning and outside of the classroom through our co-curricular activities.
Our Career-Integrated Learning approach provides opportunities for students to explore their strengths and career aspirations, experience and practice their skills, and connect with employers and new networks. With more than 50 years of history in enabling our students to be career ready, we know that this approach works. We know that #SheridanWorks!
- Explore: We assist you in linking knowledge of self, strengths and purpose with diverse academic and career options.
- Experience: Through work-integrated learning, experiential learning and co-curricular learning, you can improve your career resiliency, practice your transferable skills, and prepare for the world of work.
- Connect: We facilitate introductions and relationships with employers, mentors, career events and job opportunities.
Are you an employer or community organization interested in employing or mentoring a student?
Sheridan students are highly skilled and creative, and we’ve made it easy for you to connect with emerging talent from a broad range of programs!
Our new Sheridan Works platform enables you to create an account for your organization and submit jobs to a co-op/internship job board. After registration, your personalized dashboard allows you to review applications, select interviewees, participate in virtual interviews, rank students for job offers and complete forms for Cooperative Education.
For more information, including details about financial incentives that may be available when you hire a co-op or internship student, contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org. WIL Month is a great time to connect with us!
Check out these co-op and WIL success stories to learn more about the dynamic students we have putting their skills to work:
Read how six students from various programs helped a Mississauga start-up company launch its new app in time for a national expo.
Four award-winning students from across different Faculties share insights about their WIL experiences and how it prepared them to enter the workforce.
After having her practicum cut short by the pandemic, Practical Nursing student Samantha Petrovic discovered a new experience that changed the trajectory of her nursing career.
Learn how Sheridan degree students helped develop solutions to pandemic-related challenges faced by four community collaborators.
Working virtually, a pair of fourth-year Bachelor of Interior Design students assisted with the creation of a new facility that provides living accommodations for adults with disabilities.