Thousands of students in post-secondary programs across Canada offer a wealth of skills, familiarity with current technology, and fresh perspectives. They’re also eager to meet organizations that are in the market for new employees.
Here’s why ICT businesses need to add students to their talent pipelines:
- Cost-effective short-term hiring solution. Employers can recruit students who have, or who can acquire specific skills for special projects. Students can also pitch in during peak periods or during staffing shortfalls.
- Wage subsidy available to employers. Employers can apply for both federal and provincial wage subsidy programs. The ITAC Career Ready program offers up to $7,000 in wage subsidies.
- Excellent way to evaluate potential employees. Growing organizations must continuously recruit, both now and years to come. Bringing students on board on a temporary basis enables employers to observe them at work. Students who make the grade today can become tomorrow’s prized recruits.
- Fresh, innovative ideas. Today’s students belong to a different generation, and apply different ways of thinking to innovate and to solve problems. These differences lead to new thoughts, new theories, new approaches and a greater capacity for broader workforce adaptation in an ever-changing world.
- Investment in attracting talented employees. Post-secondary institutions (PSIs) that offer work integrated learning (WIL) programs pre-select student candidates based on career aspirations, motivation, academic achievement, and other important criteria. In other words, PSIs do a lot of the preliminary leg work (e.g. skills and requirements matching) for employers who hire students, maximizing the chances of success for both.