Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada), formerly Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE), is the lead organization for work-integrated learning in Canada and its mission, in partnership with post-secondary institutions, community members, employers and government, is to build the capacity to develop future-ready students and graduates through quality work-integrated learning.
Work-integrated learning (WIL) is a model and process of experiential education, which formally and intentionally integrates a student’s academic studies with learning in a workplace or practice setting. WIL experiences normally include an engaged partnership between an academic institution, a host organization/employer and a student. WIL occurs at the course or program level and includes the development of learning outcomes related to employability, personal agency and life-long learning.
Since 1973, CEWIL Canada members from close to 100 post-secondary institutions across the country have worked in partnership to develop resources promote the highest quality of post-secondary work-integrated learning programs. This is achieved through a national forum of professional WIL practitioners, by establishing national standards and promoting the value of post-secondary work-integrated learning and by delivering opportunities for learning and sharing of best practices.
CEWIL maintains a national database on WIL with data from more than fifty post-secondary member institutions. The data shows that as many as 75,000 students are participating in co-operative education programs, (an established form of WIL). These students earn, on average, $19.75/hour and represent a wide range of disciplines and programs.
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