The University of Windsor is collaborating on a program with Invest WindsorEssex and the Canadian Career Apprenticeship Initiative to help undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences find their first jobs after graduation.
With this new job-placement program that gives subsidies to help defray salaries, more UWindsor graduates will begin their careers in Windsor-Essex.
- Invest WindsorEssex and the Canadian Career Apprenticeship Initiative are collaborating on a program with UWindsor.
- Through a new job-placement partnership, more UWindsor graduates will begin their careers in Windsor-Essex.
- The initiative aims to help students find their first skilled jobs following graduation, as well as local businesses attract and retain talent.
Invest WindsorEssex, backed by the City of Windsor and the County of Essex, is a non-profit organization that works to increase and preserve prosperity in the region through economic development.
The initiative assists students in obtaining their first skilled positions after graduation, as well as firms in the area in attracting and retaining talent.
Employers looking to hire FAHSS graduates for full-time, permanent employment will be contacted by Invest WindsorEssex, and students will be matched to those positions by UWindsor’s Office of Career Development and Experiential Learning.
The Canadian Career Apprenticeship Initiative will give up to 16,000 CA$ per placement to pay one-third of the salary for the first year.
The Windsor-Essex Career Apprenticeship Program, as it is known, has a number of advantages, according to FAHSS dean Cheryl Collier. Invest WindsorEssex will only recruit enough local firms in the first year of the program to place 10 FAHSS graduates.
According to Alan Rottenburg, founder of the Canadian Career Apprenticeship Initiative, the program has been successful in other places where pilot programs have been introduced.
Employers and graduates agree to at least a one-year placement, with the Canadian Career Apprenticeship Initiative covering four months’ salaries. The hope is that the firm will maintain the graduate after a year, or that the graduate will move on to another local company with a stronger resumé.
Students must be graduating from an undergraduate program in spring and be legally able to work in Canada full-time. Businesses must be based in Windsor-Essex and employ at least seven people.
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