As tourism employers seek new ways to connect with early talent, the Propel Student Work Placement Program has provided a pathway for engaging with students seeking hands-on experience. In the year and a half since its launch—in the midst of changing pandemic restrictions—the program has seen over 1,700 open positions created across Canada.
Each of these represents the chance to make a meaningful experience for a student curious to see what a career in tourism could offer. In a sector whose reputation needs some TLC, encouraging students to engage in paid, experiential learning, make industry connections, and discover which opportunities are their perfect fit is a much-needed attraction and retention tool. Plus: each qualifying student placement is eligible for a wage subsidy of up to $5,000 (or up to $7,000 for under-represented students).
Thanks to monthly virtual info sessions, speaking engagements at industry events, and the support of partners such as the Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada and the Baxter Student Ambassador Program, tourism employers are increasingly incorporating work-integrated learning into their staffing strategies.
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