BHER is committed to providing every post-secondary student with a WIL before they graduate. This means as we build back from COVID we need WIL systems that focus on the needs of students, remove barriers to WIL access, and improve experiences and outcomes. Our goal is to advance representation in WIL while building out the structures and approaches needed to ensure inclusive experiences where students can thrive.

And we’re doing that while supporting employer capacity in more meaningful ways. We're developing resources and partnerships to help employers address their own barriers to building more equitable and inclusive WIL opportunities.

We’re driving these efforts through:

 

Strategic WIL Partnerships


We’re prioritizing WIL delivery partners who are 1. increasing the representation of equity-deserving student communities in WIL programming; and 2. taking steps to ensure WIL experiences are inclusive and culturally appropriate. Along the way we’re tracking impact and amplifying success stories through demographic data and first-hand stories from students, employers, and practitioners.

 


Community Consultations


Over the past couple of years we’ve consulted and worked collaboratively with WIL supervisors, SME owners, post-secondary institutions, WIL practitioners, and EDI thought leaders to understand their needs and learn from their insights and experiences. We’ve also prioritized student voices through a series of cross-Canada roundtables on their lived experiences accessing and completing WILs during COVID. Student voices are often missing from research and development on WIL but are critical for a holistic understanding of ‘what works’ to address employer, practitioner, and student barriers and bring about positive change.

 

Explore OUR Student Stories, Employer Priorities series →


Employer Tools & Resources for Impact


We are building tools and resources and following research and development priorities that reflect our consultations and meet the needs of students, employers, and practitioners, from inclusive student engagement and addressing access gaps to inclusive mentorship and flexible, innovative WIL programming.

 

 

Explore our EDI IN WIL Employer Guide →

 

We acknowledge that the challenges we’re facing are large and complex and that transformation will not happen overnight or without an inclusive, community-driven approach. We strive to use our leadership in WIL research & development, partnerships, and convening to build back from the pandemic with a more equitable, sustainable WIL ecosystem.

Continue to watch this space for more resources

We welcome any feedback, emerging research, success stories, and resources on EDI in WIL that you think should be on our radar.

Advancing Work-Integrated Learning

WIL experiences in rural, remote and Northern communities.

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Advancing Work-Integrated Learning

Mentorship videos and strategies to support staff and students.

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Advancing Work-Integrated Learning

Performance assessment strategies to support student outcomes.

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Spreading the word

Read about WIL success stories from across Canada and share your own!

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