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With 15,000 students across a wide range of applied programs, our motivated students come with job-ready skills and relevant knowledge informed by VCC's high quality of instruction and close connections to industry. 

Take the first step to bringing a VCC student onboard. Create your VCC Works account profile, and post a job today.

Put VCC skilled talent to work 

You can connect with students who have the skills and experience your organization needs by creating a profile on our VCC Works portal. Within the portal, you will be able to:

For tips to write a job posting that will attract VCC students, download VCC-Writing a Job Posting-Tip Sheet.

If you are looking for opportunities to build your brand on campus by participating in VCC events such as job fairs or info sessions, please connect with VCC CareerLAB at careerLAB@vcc.ca.

 


Work-integrated learning is an educational model that brings together organization hosts and students in the workplace to equip the students with relevant skills and knowledge related to their field of study. 

As a host organization for a work placement, you can provide a skilled student with valuable learning opportunities while also benefiting from:

  • Access to emerging talent to build your staffing pipeline
  • Opportunities to contribute to your industry by mentoring and training the incoming workforce 
  • Added staffing to help with day-to-day operations
  • Creation of a stronger, skilled workforce and economy for the future

VCC has partnered with thousands of host organizations across B.C. to create successful work-integrated learning placements.  You can post your next WIL placement opportunity directly to our VCC Works portal or reach out to VCC CareerLAB at careerLAB@vcc.ca.


Work-integrated learning placements are found across many of VCC’s programs and are often called practicums, clinical placements, apprenticeships, or work experience.

Your first step is to identify the program you want to work with. Review our VCC programs to select the area most closely aligned with your industry, organization or staffing needs. Sample VCC programs are listed below. 

The majority of VCC WIL placements are between 2-4 weeks. VCC has several WIL placements where students are paid, but the majority of WIL placements are unpaid.

As an employer or host organization, you are expected to:

  • Sign an agreement with VCC to formalize the placement
  • Ensure a safe, respectful learning & working environment
  • Provide supervision and oversight
  • Evaluate student performance
  • Provide real-world tasks for the student during the placement
  • Communicate with VCC throughout the placement

For any questions related to hosting a work-integrated learning placement, please reach out to VCC CareerLAB at careerLAB@vcc.ca or connect with the specific VCC program that trains students in your industry or in the skills you need in your organization.

Find out more about bringing a student onboard your organization with these resources:

  • VCC Employer Toolkit-Work Placements: This toolkit is a comprehensive overview of how you can make the most of your student placement experience. Sections include:
    • Creating a Work Placement: What to consider before bringing a student onboard
    • Onboarding your student: Get prepared to bring a student onboard
    • First day checklist: Information to cover on the student’s first day
    • Supervising your student: How to effectively supervise your work placement student
    • Mentoring your student: Mentor you student during their work placement

Graphic Design Client Studio  

Students work with real clients in VCC's Studio Nuvo and are able to complete a variety of design projects under the guidance of an instructor (including logos/branding, print design, packaging, website design, photo/video, and social media content). Projects are paid and are typically completed in two months. 

Graphic Design Final Practicum 

Graphic design students finish the program with a 120-hour practicum, completed during 3-4 weeks. During this time, the students work full-time with one of our industry partners. Practicums are unpaid but industry partners must have a senior designer or creative director on site who can guide students as they work. 

Contact Elaine Smith to inquire about hosting a practicum student or hiring the client studio.  

Hospitality Management

The Hospitality Management Diploma program includes 500 hours of required Industry Work Experience (IWE) in various hospitality sectors. Students develop workplace competencies and practice the knowledge and skills learned during classroom study. In addition, students are required to obtain a Serving-It-Right and FoodSafe certification while completing the program. 

Contact Willy Aorca to hire a hospitality work experience student