Posted on August 11, 2021

New paid work placement program supports hospitality students and industry

Propel student work placement program

As Canada’s tourism sector prepares for a rapid post-COVID-19 recovery, Vancouver Community College (VCC) is proud to be an early adopter of a new, paid work-integrated learning program for students.

The program, called Propel, is the latest addition to the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program and offers post-secondary students job opportunities to develop work-ready skills while employers receive a 75 per cent wage subsidy of up to $7,500 for each student hired.

“Propel creates a direct link between students looking to enhance their workplace skills and employers who can provide that valuable experience while also showcasing the depth and breadth of career pathways in the industry,” says Philip Mondor, President and CEO of Tourism HR Canada.

A wide range of placements are available with employers representing all facets of Canada’s visitor economy, including accommodations, culinary, recreation, entertainment, culture, events, transportation, travel services, and more. 

Applications are now open for the fall and winter semesters of the 2021-2022 school year, and placements are posted on the Propel online portal.

“Our students and community partners in hospitality have been deeply impacted by the pandemic, and we know there is uncertainty across the industry as Canada begins its recovery process,” says Dennis Innes, dean of VCC’s School of Hospitality, Food Studies and Applied Business. “The funding from Employment and Social Development Canada for the Propel program creates opportunities that support students and employers, while also highlighting the importance of paid internships and the value of skilled labour. We are excited to be a part of the launch of this program.”

Discover your exciting tourism-industry career through VCC’s hospitality management programs.