The following guest post was contributed by Conestoga College’s School of Engineering and Information Technology.
Employers are constantly competing for talented graduates, but many organizations adopt a reactive rather than a proactive approach. Taking the time today to develop and acquire the talent needed for future openings is a more successful strategy. Hiring a co-op student can assist with building this talent pipeline.
Here’s how companies like yours can benefit from hiring co-op students:
- Raise your organization’s profile with students and graduates as an employer of choice – many co-op students return to their co-op employers for full-time employment. Co-op experiences lead to word-of-mouth marketing which builds brand reputation for your company.
- Evaluate students while on co-op work term before considering them for full-time employment. Students also have the opportunity to evaluate your organization, reducing potential attrition in graduate roles.
- Add bright, motivated, resourceful talent to your organization. These students offer a fresh perspective which can drive innovation.
- Acquire cost-effective, temporary employees for peak periods of work, seasonal labour variations or short-term projects.
- Explore new positions without extensive investment or long-term commitment.
- Diversify your work force – age, stage, skills, interests and culture.
- Tap into the Ontario Co-operative Education Tax Credit (CETC) of up to $3,000 per student per work term.
Conestoga College offers a wide variety of engineering programs in the following areas.
- Civil/Environmental Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Electronics Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Software Engineering
Conestoga College also offers two CEAB (Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board)-accredited degree programs: Electronic Systems Engineering and Mechanical Systems Engineering. Because we offer diploma, degree and post-graduate certificate programs, Conestoga produces graduates pursuing a variety of career paths as technicians, technologists and engineers.
For more information about Conestoga College’s programs, please visit our website at http://www.conestogac.on.ca/engineering/index.jsp?SchoolID=2&p=p
More details about the Engineering & IT programs at Conestoga College can be found on our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4rwwW6_2xw
In addition to co-op recruitment, there are many other ways to partner with Conestoga College as an employer:
- Pitch a Capstone Project Idea
- Attend Project Demo Days
- Guest Lectures
- Job Fairs and Employer Showcase Events
- Program Advisory Committees
- Applied Research
Contact Melissa Deneault, Employer Relations Consultant at Conestoga College
(519) 748-5220 x2817 or firstname.lastname@example.org