Student, Grad and Co-op Employment

Who we are

The Student, Graduate and Co-op Employment Centre serves as a hub for students, alumni and employers looking for employment at various levels. From the student perspective, Okanagan College offers co-op programs with hands-on learning, where students are paired with a business or organization to further learning in a practical way. There is also on-campus employment available and resources that aid the transition out of college.

For alumni, Okanagan College is here to help you navigate the transition from student to employee, providing resources along the way.

For employers, consider this a contact point of information, to  learn more about hiring an Okanagan College student and indicate your interest in bringing a student onto your team.

Book an appointment

Connect with a coordinator to help support your pre-employment needs. Coordinators can assist with resume review, mock interviews, approaches to networking and job search, or if you want to find out more about co-op. Employers can schedule an appointment with a coordinator to support your search for co-op students, graduates or part-time workers.

FAQs during COVID-19

Okanagan College's Student, Graduate and Co-op Employment office is here to support students and employers alike during this difficult time. Here are some frequently asked questions we are getting about Co-op during COVID-19.

At this time, we recommend for students to continue to apply to open competitions. A students will continue to seek opportunities that have 12-16 weeks of full-time employment to satisfy their co-op course requirements (assuming all other requirements are completed, such as the Work Term Report). This means you can start your co-op as late as June/October and still successfully complete a co-op work term. Please reach out to your co-op coordinator if you have any questions, or contact us at coop@okanagan.bc.ca

No. Many employers are willing to do phone or video interviews and the co-op department is assisting them in doing so.

If you have a work term lined up for May/June, connect with your co-op coordinator as well as your employer for updates. Employers will be making decisions about how to adjust within their own workplaces. Get in touch to discuss whether it may be possible to work from home in the event that this becomes necessary, or to delay your start date if this is not possible. Keep in touch with your co-op department at coop@okanagan.bc.ca and please notify us of any changes or concerns you may have.

If you feel uncomfortable in your work environment, please have a conversation with your supervisor to see if you can work from remotely (i.e. from home), establish an alternate work schedule, implement safety measures or take time off. If you must be physically present, you can minimize your risk by following good hand hygiene, not touching your face and being vigilant about coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow. You should also follow self-distancing recommendations. If you are concerned, please contact your co-op team for support: coop@okanagan.bc.ca.

Any one of our Student, Graduate and Co-op Employment Coordinators can answer the questions you may have during this time. Please reach out to us at coop@okanagan.bc.ca with any questions or concerns you have and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Yes. Given the current climate, we will support whatever works best for you and your student to feel safe. Please feel free to find an arrangement that works for both you and your student(s). We will happily work with you to make this transition.

Ideally, job responsibilities should remain almost the same, except that communication and supervision would happen remotely. Depending on the situation, this may have implications for student visa requirements and/or workplace insurance. Students have already been contacted with guidance on how to best manage these requirements.

No; however, we sincerely hope you are taking extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of your current or future student(s) by following the protocols directed by the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafe BC.

Please find an arrangement that works for both you and your student(s). We would greatly appreciate your support in enabling them to feel safe during this uncertain time.

No. You are not required to continue paying your current student(s) if they have chosen to end their work term early. You also do not have to continue paying wages to student(s) if your organization had to let them go early.

Any student who ended their Winter 2020 work term early will receive a co-op credit.

We ask that you still provide their performance evaluation before the end of April. Students are required to provide this to receive credit for their work term.

Yes, we are still moving forward with the Fall 2020 work term. If you need assistance scheduling interviews through phone or video the co-op department would be happy to assist. Please email us at coop@okanagan.bc.ca and we will support you.

Shorter work terms may also an option for students, so a later start date could be an option. Students need a minimum of twelve weeks to earn a co-op credit, meaning students can start their coop as late as October.

As an employer, you can access a wide range of funding to hire co-op students as well as new graduates and current students.

Some co-op funding opportunities that have been made available in response to COVID-19. In some cases, funding from multiple sources can be stacked (i.e., you may be able to receive funding from multiple sources for fund a co-op placement).

Access funding to hire a co-op student

As an employer, you can access a wide range of funding to hire co-op students as well as new graduates and current students.

Some co-op funding opportunities that have been made available in response to COVID-19. In some cases, funding from multiple sources can be stacked (i.e., you may be able to receive funding from multiple sources for fund a co-op placement).

Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

Canada's federal SWPP has adjusted its requirements to support a wider range of employers, including post-secondary institutions.

Okanagan College employers are eligible: Do you work at OC? Post-secondary institutions now qualify for SWPP funding. Check out the SWPP delivery partner information below for details about different options. Contact coop@okanagan.bc.ca for support.

SWPP information and student eligibility

Originally set up to help post-secondary students in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and business programs get work experience, the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) is now open to students in most post-secondary programs.

What is the SWPP?

Originally set up to help post-secondary students in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and business programs get work experience, the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) is now open to students in most post-secondary programs.

The SWPP program provides funding in the form of wage subsidies to employers that offer quality work to post-secondary students:

  1. up to $5,000 for every student hired through the program
  2. up to $7,000 for every student hired that is in their first academic year or is from an under-represented group including women in STEM, persons with disabilities, newcomers and Indigenous students
  3. Wages for the position cannot be funded by another federally funded program

Application deadlines differ, but generally, employers should apply for funding before students start their work terms.

What employers are eligible?

Registered Canadian businesses or non-profit organizations are eligible, including post-secondary institutions (post-secondaries have been added in response to COVID-19).

What students are eligible?

Students must be:

  • registered in a post-secondary program that includes work placements;
  • a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person with refugee protection given under the law; and
  • legally able to work in Canada according to the laws and regulations of the province or territory where they live

Temporary changes in response to COVID-19

As a response to COVID-19, SWPP has made the following changes to its requirements. These changes will be in place until March 31, 2021:

  1. SWPP now allows for flexibility in the start date and overall duration of the work term as long as the post-secondary institution approves.
  2. Students can now work from home; this was previously not permitted. The work term still needs to be a quality WIL experience for the student.
  3. Employers may be offered a portion of the wage subsidy up front to help the employer offset the student’s wages.
  4. Where not already available, a pre-approval process is to be implemented by all SWPP providers so that employers will know sooner if they are eligible for the grant.

NOTE: Some individual delivery partners have made additional changes to requirements in response to COVID-19. Changes are under delivery partner descriptions below.

SWPP delivery partners

There are ten employer delivery partners, listed below by sector. Both Magnet and Venture for Canada are open to employers in any sector. Eligibility and application processes vary across partners. Please see specific websites and contacts for more information.

Any sector

Magnet – Magnet Student Work Placement Program

  • For employers in these sectors: No restriction.
  • For students in these programs: No restriction.
  • Eligible roles: No restriction.
  • Contact and application information:

Venture for Canada – Venture for Canada

  • For employers in these sectors: No sector restriction, targeted employers are SMEs, start-ups, social enterprises, non-profits, or charities located in BC, AB, MB, SK, NB, NS, PEI, or NL, with a maximum of 500 employees. This funding may be stacked with other, non-federal funding (such as the BC Tech Co-op Grant) such that the total grant amount covers up to $10,000 of the student's salary. The combined value of grants cannot exceed the student's salary.
  • For students in these programs: No restriction.
  • Eligible roles: No restriction.
  • Contact and application information:
Aerospace

Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA) – Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

  • For employers in these sectors: Aviation and aerospace sector, including supplier organizations. Research positions at post-secondary institutions are not eligible.
  • For students in these programs: Science, technology, engineering or math (STEM), or business.
  • Eligible roles: No restriction.
  • Contact and application information:
Biotechnology

BioTalent – BioTalent Student Work Placement Program

  • For employers in these sectors: Bio-economy employer or fulfilling a bio-economy job function. May not be an educational institution.
  • For students in these programs: No restriction.
  • Eligible roles: Bio-economy employer or fulfilling a bio-economy job function.
  • This funding may be stacked with other, non-federal funding (such as the BC Tech Co-op Grant) such that the total grant amount covers up to $10,000 of the student's salary. The combined value of grants cannot exceed the student's salary.
  • Contact and application information:
Electricity

Electricity Human Resources Canada – Empowering Futures

  • For employers in these sectors: Firms whose primary activity is the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. Sector support including renewables, in any of the following areas: R & D, business development, energy efficiency. Firms engaged in manufacturing of equipment and the provision of services necessary to generation, transmission or distribution.
  • For students in these programs: Science, technology, engineering, mathematics, arts, or business program.
  • Eligible roles: No restriction
  • COVID-19 update: This funding may be stacked with other, non-federal funding (such as the BC Tech Co-op Grant) such that the total grant amount covers up to $10,000 of the student's salary. The combined value of grants cannot exceed the student's salary.
  • Contact and application information:

Environment

ECO Canada - Student Work Placement Program

  • For employers in these sectors: Not restricted, except that federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments are not eligible.
  • For students in these programs: Science, technology, engineering, math or business.
  • Eligible roles: focused on digital sectors, including emerging information technology (IT) & information communications technology (ICT).
  • COVID-19 update: This funding may be stacked with other, non-federal funding (such as the BC Tech Co-op Grant) such that the total grant amount covers up to $10,000 of the student's salary. The combined value of grants cannot exceed the student's salary.
  • Contact and application information:
Information and communication technology

ICTC - WIL Digital Program

  • For employers in these sectors: Advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, fintech, intelligent retail, big data, clean tech, connected transportation, entertainment and gaming, e-health.
  • For students in these programs: Science, technology, engineering, math or business.
  • Eligible roles: focused on digital sectors, including emerging information technology (IT) & information communications technology (ICT).
  • COVID-19 update: This funding may be stacked with other, non-federal funding (such as the BC Tech Co-op Grant) such that the total grant amount covers up to $10,000 of the student's salary. The combined value of grants cannot exceed the student's salary.
  • Contact and application information:

TECHNATION (formerly ITAC) – Career Ready Program

  • For employers in these sectors: Private sector, non-profits, municipalities and hospitals but not federal or provincial government or post secondary institutions.
  • For students in these programs: No restriction.
  • Eligible roles: Students will be immersed in technology in a manner that is relevant to their field of study.
  • COVID-19 update: This funding may be stacked with other, non-federal funding (such as the BC Tech Co-op Grant) such that the total grant amount covers up to $10,000 of the student's salary. The combined value of grants cannot exceed the student's salary.
  • Contact and application information:
Mines

Mining Industry Human Resources Council – Gearing Up Program

  • For employers in these sectors: Mining sector.
  • For students in these programs: Science, technology, engineering or math (STEM), or business.
  • Eligible roles: No restriction.
  • COVID-19 update: This funding may be stacked with other, non-federal funding (such as the BC Tech Co-op Grant) such that the total grant amount covers up to $10,000 of the student's salary. The combined value of grants cannot exceed the student's salary.
  • Contact and application information:

Canada Summer Jobs Program

Temporary changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program will help business hire and keep the workers they need so they can continue to deliver essential services. These changes include:

  • An increase to the wage subsidy, so that private and public sector employers can also receive up to 100% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for each employee.
  • An extension to the end date for employment to February 28, 2021.
  • Allowing employers to adapt their projects and job activities to support essential services.
  • Allowing employers to hire staff on a part-time basis.

See more details here.

Innovate BC

Who Qualifies:
To participate in the BC Tech Co-op Grants Program, a company must:

  • Be established in BC, as defined by having a physical location within the province.
  • Be a small or medium-sized business. If the company has more than 100 employees, they will be required to provide additional information on the types of skills and training provided to the co-op student.
  • Be established as one of the following:
    • Technology company or technology not-for-profit hiring a co-op student for any role.
    • Non-tech company or non-tech not-for-profit hiring for a tech role
  • Have not exceeded the grant limit of 4 successful BC Tech Co-op Grants within the current academic year – from May 1 to April 30

Requirements for Students:

  • The student must be a first term co-op placement for a post-secondary program conducted in BC. Employers can ask the post-secondary co-op department to help ensure that the employer is matched with a first term coop student; OR
  • The company must be employing their first co-op student in at least the last five years (new co-op employer). In this case, employers may be matched with students of any level of co-op experience.

Wage Subsidies:
Get up to $20,000 per year in funding to hire co-op students through the Tech Co-op Grant. Whether you’re a technology-based company looking to grow or a non-tech organization looking to grow your innovation footprint, our program could be right for you.

Each employer is eligible to receive a maximum of four grants each per program year (May 1 to April 30) valued at $5,000 (a total value of $20,000), to recruit and train between one to four distinct co-op students. The employer is accountable for the remainder of the student’s salary during the co-op term. This subsidy can also be stacked with SWPP subsidies- meaning 100% of your student’s wage could be covered.

How to Apply: See Innovate BC’s website here.

Many organizations are shifting to remote work arrangements in response to COVID-19, including setting up co-op students to work from home.

We recognize that working remotely is new for many employers as well as students, so we've put together some tips to support you below. You can also review WorkSafe BC's frequently asked questions for employers.

Provide students with the tools needed to do their job

Make sure students have the proper technology to do their daily work. This will include:

  • appropriate computer hardware
  • appropriate software
  • VPN access to the appropriate shared servers - and how to set this up
  • tele/videoconferencing software that your organization is using keep in touch (e.g., Outlook, Skype for Business or Skype, Zoom, Slack, WebEx, etc) - and how to set this up

In addition, make sure that students have:

  • strong, reliable WiFi - chat with the student about their WiFi setup to ensure it will allow them to connect with your team (note: students may not have WiFi at home - if this is the case, your organization may wish to explore supporting this during the work-from-home period)
  • access to appropriate policy or training documents
  • an understanding of your organization's security protocols around accessing/sharing files
  • necessary tools and office supplies (if students have to purchase these directly, be clear on how they can claim these expenses)

Resources to support this:

Communicate clearly and regularly

As organizations continue to adapt in response to COVID-19, it's important to keep all staff, including co-op students, in the loop. This can include:

  • being clear about changing protocols, processes and guidelines
  • sharing relevant updates from your organization
  • making sure students understand what is expected of them
  • designating a contact person that students can contact if they have questions or need support

Resources to support this:

Be clear about your work from home expectations

Working from home presents unique challenges. Students are likely sharing the space with friends or family members and may not have a dedicated office space. Remote work can impact work flow and productivity so be clear about what's expected and what support is available, including:

  • whether students should be working their regular hours, or if there is flexibility
  • how, and if, students should track their hours
  • students' goals and deadlines
  • who students can ask for support
  • how review and approval process may have been adjusted during this time
  • how students should report on their progress and share information with the team
  • expectations for students' availability and productivity

Resources to support this:

Stay connected

Working remotely during COVID-19 can be isolating, especially if the student lives alone. Make sure to keep students informed and connected to the team. Include students on relevant email updates and check-ins from your organization so that they stay in the loop.

Students' supervisors are also encouraged to schedule short daily video conference check-ins with the student. These check-ins can be both social and productive and are a great way to boost morale.

Other ways for organizations to stay connected include:

  • use video conferencing whenever possible, in addition to email
  • include students on larger team update meetings
  • assign a buddy or mentor who is not the student's supervisor to check in once a week
  • share updates whenever possible

Resources to support this:

Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada) resources

  • Tips for working at home (PDF or JPG)
  • Tips for onboarding students remotely (PDF or JPG)
  • Tips for supervising students remotely (PDF or JPG)

Apply for co-op

We recommend reviewing the Co-op handbook before applying. You can access the handbook and FAQ's below.

When you are ready to apply for a co-op, continue to the application and follow these steps:

  • Read and accept the terms found in myOkanagan
  • Enter your preferred contact number and email address
  • Select your program from the dropdown menu
  • Enter your student number
  • Make sure to click the box to accept the terms and conditions
  • Click "Submit"

What happens next?

  • Submit application (you will receive a co-op application confirmation email)
  • You will receive a co-op notification with instructions on how to proceed
  • Accepted co-op students, search the job postings here.

 

Student handbook

  • Beat the “Catch 22” – you need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get experience.
  • “Test the waters” in a chosen field and assess the suitability of your career choice before entering the workforce full-time.
  • Apply academic knowledge and theoretical concepts to a practical work setting which makes learning more interesting.
  • Earn a salary to help finance your education.
  • Gain important soft skills (such as communications, team work, cooperation, and interpersonal skills) essential in today's work environment.
  • Learn more about the expectations and needs of employers.
  • Develop independence and maturity.
  • Take advantage of networking and mentoring opportunities.
  • Enhance your resume writing, job search and interview skills.
  • Acquire relevant work experience which is a plus when applying to graduate school.

Department personnel will make every effort to provide you with information and/or service that will enhance your career/ employment opportunities. Our department acts as liaison with all parties concerned to facilitate employer-student contact and provides an effective tool for Co-op students to secure work term employment. Specifically, the Department:

  • Assists with the educational development of students in the workplace.
  • Procure Co-op positions and assists students in the development of their own job search.
  • Carries out the on-site visits providing an assessment of the job and the student's work, with particular emphasis on the learning potential of the position.
  • Work closely with the academic departments to ensure that the students' jobs are related as closely as possible to the program content and also to ensure that OC programs are providing students with skills needed in Canadian business and industry.

 The online Student Grad and Co-op Employment Centre provides all OC students and graduates:

  • Job postings – year round Co-op, graduate, summer, part-time/temporary positions
  • Links to other job posting sites, employment resources, & Labour Market Information sites.
  • Sample resumes, interview tips, announcements/messages and employers recruiting on campus
  • Interview schedules & employer presentations
  • Business Expo & Employment Fair (link to website)
  • Information regarding employment on our Facebook page

Co-op Work Term Fee Structure

The program tuition does not include the various costs associated with offering Co-op. Students who participate in Co-op will be required to pay the following fees:

  • Co-op Application Fee
    • Co-op application fee is a one-time non-refundable application fee.
  • Co-op Work Term Fee
    • Co-op students will be required to pay Co-op work term fee for each four-month work term.
  • Students returning to the same employer
    • For successive work terms will be required to pay the Co-op work term fee for each four-month work term until graduation.
    • The Co-op work term fee is not a placement fee. All co-op students who secure employment directly or indirectly utilizing the services of the Department will be required to pay Co-op work term fees.
  • Co-op fee’s are in place at all post-secondary institutions in Canada that offer Co-op programs.
    • Many students often find the Co-op program provides good return on investment. Professional resume services typically cost $100 to $200 for reviews, and career counsellors can charge $125 per hour for interview preparation. Students also find the Co-op work term can financially support their education.

Relocation for Co-op Work Terms

For certain programs,you are strongly encouraged to be willing to relocate for your work terms.

The job market is driven by many factors, which are outside the control of the Co-op Department. While some employers are supportive in relocation matters such as assisting with accommodation searching. Experience has proven that if you are willing to relocate for the work term the rewards far outweighs the inconvenience.

The chances of securing a Co-op opportunity may be increased if you apply to as many posting as possible and are willing to relocate.

Here is an accommodation link that maybe useful www.accomodation.com

Co-op Work Terms Salaries

Wage rates are established by the employer, not by the Co-op Department.

The wage rates will vary by program and work site. Students in the same program will receive varying work term pay rates. Salaries are not the governing factor in deciding the merit of an offer of employment. The prime considerations are a work environment appropriate to each student's ability and opportunities for a sound learning experience and for professional development. The Co-op Office can provide information average wages for each program.

B.C. Medical Coverage

B.C. Medical Coverage is a requirement for work term participation.

Employers expect that you have basic medical coverage prior to starting your work term.

Student Health & Dental Plan

The Student Health & Dental Plan is administered by the OC Student Union. Co-op students who have opted for the plan are encouraged to confirm the status of their coverage while on work terms. The Student Association staff will be able to answer questions about the plan and coverage. See the Student Health & Dental Plan website for more information.

Student Loans

Co-op students applying for government assistance (student loans, grants, interest free status etc.) are encouraged to contact the Financial Awards Office to determine next steps.

Students in Co-op work terms are eligible to have their student loans placed in Interest-Free Status for the Co-op work term, as Okanagan College classes you as a full-time student during your work-term.

Please refer to: Government Student Loans and Grants

Your student loan if your responsibility. If you are not sure about your situation, please contact the Financial Awards office.

Registering for Academic Terms

Co-op students are responsible for ensuring that the residence/ mailing address information provided to the Registrar's Admissions' Office is kept up to date and accurate.

Students are responsible for ensuring they are registered in the appropriate courses following their work term(s).

Communication with the Co-op Department

You are expected to maintain communication with the Co-op Department on all matters pertinent to participation in the Co-op component of your program, e.g. interview, accepted and declined offers of employment unexpected drop in marks, course withdrawal, change in employment goals, mobility for work terms, etc.

Upon your return to OC after each Co-op work term/s your Co-op Co-ordinator is available to discuss your work term experience and other career related topics.

The Co-op Advantage

Your Co-op work experience will be included on your transcript. Employers throughout Canada and around the world are recognizing the added value a graduate from a Co-op program can bring to an organization. They are looking for graduates with Co-op work experience .

Resume and Cover Letter

If you require assistance contact the Student, Graduate and Co-op Employment Centre.

A resume and cover letter is required to apply for each Co-op job.

Co-op Job Postings

Co-op job development and networking with employers to promote OC Co-op programs, students and graduates is an on-going, activity of the Co-op Department personnel.

Employers traditionally start recruiting Co-op students during the four month time frame prior to the start of the work term. Therefore, Co-op students can expect to see job postings during this time frame. The factors that impact on when, why and how employers recruit at specific times will be discussed during Co-op info meetings.

Each job posting will have specific details about the opportunity, skills required, start and finish times, wage details and a deadline date for Co-op students to apply. All Co-op jobs are posted online.

Channels of Communication

The channels of communication are established with employers recruiting through the Co-op office. Students are not to seek employment directly with a participating Co-op employer unless specific arrangements are made with the Co-op Coordinator, such as where students apply directly to employer. Students are not permitted to circumvent the outlined job competition process.

Co-op Job Interview Process

Co-op job interview dates and times are determined by the employer. Interview can be arranged by either Co-op Co-ordinators or Employers.

Employers normally interview on campus, at their place of business or by telephone or Skype.

Co-op Job Offers

Employers normally contact the Co-op office after the interviews with their ranking of Co-op students and job offers. The Co-op Department will notify the student/s that they have received a job offer. The offer of employment is discussed with the Co-op student. The student then contacts the employer to accept the job offer and discuss any details that need to be clarified.

Work Term Requirements

Work terms will be graded on a pass/fail basis by the Co-op Co-ordinator.

To achieve a "pass" on a Co-op work term, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Work terms are full-time paid employment and are normally 12 – 16 weeks (Degree/Diploma) and 10 weeks (Certificate) in duration
  • Completion of the employer evaluation
  • Be graded on a pass/fail and recorded on the mark transcript
  • Not be included in the calculation of the grade point average
  • Submission of a work term report – (see “The Work Term Report” section)

To receive Co-op designation you must meet the following Mandatory requirements for graduation:

  •   Work Successfully completed two or more Co-op work-terms in your degree/diploma*

*Culinary Arts Certificate, Culinary Management Diploma, Viticulture Technician require only one work-term for Co-op designation

 
Securing a Co-op Job

Generating Opportunities:

While the Co-op office will generate the majority of work term employment opportunities, some students will find their own jobs. In the latter situation, students must discuss the employment opportunity with the Co-op Co-ordinator and have it approved for recognition as a Co-op work term experience.

Interviews:

Students are expected to attend all employment interviews granted to them. Students who anticipate missing an interview for valid reasons must inform the Co-op office immediately so that other arrangements can be made.

Students who miss an interview without valid reasons, or who fail to advise the Co-op Office in advance, may be excluded from the work term and future work terms.

Job Offers

Job offers must be accepted or rejected within 24 hours, or by special arrangements with the Co-op office.

Accepting a Job

When the employer makes a job offer, the student makes a firm commitment to that employer. Once a Co-op job offer is accepted, the student is removed from other job competitions they may have entered and will not be eligible for future job competitions for that work term. Just as employers do not make firm offers hoping to find someone better later on, neither will students be allowed to play one employer against another. Failure to honour a commitment will lead to withdrawal from work term activity. Extenuating circumstances must be handled through the Co-op office.

Co-op students should consider all aspects of a Co-op employment opportunity before entering a job competition. Once the student has entered a Co-op job competition and secured an interview they will normally be expected to accept a resulting offer of employment. If, after the interview, the students decides not to accept an offer from that employer, they must inform the Co-op Co-ordinator immediately so that arrangements can be made to have their name removed from that particular competition.

Rejecting a Job

Some job offers may, for certain valid reasons, be unacceptable to a student. However, the following points should be considered before rejecting a job offer:

  • When the student applies for a Co-op job, it is assumed that, based on the job description, the student is prepared to make a commitment and accept the job offer.
  • Rejection of two job offers, for no valid reason, will remove a student from the competition for Co-op department generated jobs for that work term.

Students are required to discuss their decision to reject a Co-op job offer with a Co-op Co-ordinator before rejecting the offer.

Co-op Work Term Evaluation

Employer Evaluation of the Student:

Each employer will be asked to provide a written evaluation of student performance to the College at the completion of each work term.

Employers will also provide feedback on:

  • The student's outstanding qualities.
  • The qualities which the student should strive most to improve.

Work Site Visits

The Co-op Co-ordinator will conduct a work site visit by telephone or in person with the employer and student during their work term. The student's performance will be discussed.

The Work Term Report

Each student participating in a Co-op work term is required to complete a work term report. (See Appendix A for Work Term Report details/format.)

Purpose

Each student participating in a Co-op work term is required to complete a work term report. (See Appendix A for Work Term Report details/format.)

  1. To provide the opportunity for the student to analyze his/her work experience.
  2. To provide practice in written communication skills.
  3. To provide feedback to the employer, program faculty and the Co-operative Education Department.

Format

The report will consist of approximately 1 page (point form).

Content

The report will be broken down into the following sections:

  1. The Employer – A discussion of the employer covering the following topics:
    • Ownership
    • Size
    • Company/department structures (use organization chart)p
    • products and/or services
    • Markets if applicable
      • Include brochures or other pertinent handout material from the organization.
  2. The Co-op Job – A detailed description of your role in the organization and your duties for your work term, i.e. assignments, projects, routine duties, etc.
  3. Personal Observations – All ideas are to be dealt with in a positive, constructive manner
    • What did you learn about your strengths and the areas which need improvements (technically, personally)?
    • How has the work term affected your career goals?
    • Explain what academic courses you found useful on your job.Note areas where academic preparation was inadequate
  4. Conclusions and/or Recommendations – Final Remarks

Steps in Writing Your Work Term Report

The report will consist of approximately 1 page (point form).

Each student participating in a Co-op work term is required to complete a work term report. (See Appendix A for Work Term Report details/format.)

  1. Discuss your work term report with your supervisor early in your work term and with your Co-op Coordinator at the time of the on-site visit.
  2. The Co-op Job
  3. Personal Observations
  4. Submit work term report to the Co-op office by email (coop@okanagan.bc.ca) or in person upon return to school. If you’re working with the same employer for back-to-back work terms, only one report is required.

Note: Submission of a work term report is required to validate transcript credit.

FAQ's

  • Co-operative Education is paid work in the field the student is studying.
  • Students alternate academic terms with relevant, paid full-time work experience.
  • This is very beneficial for all students and especially for International students so they can gain Canadian work experience.
  • Business Diploma and Degree.
  • Computer Information Systems Diploma and Degree.
  • Mechanical, Civil, Water, Electronic, and Network.
  • Animation Diploma.
  • Programs with Mandatory Co-op work terms are:
    • Culinary Arts Certificate and Viticulture Technician Diploma.

One successful term at OC must be completed with the following averages required:

  • BCIS and CIS    65%
  • Bus Diploma    60%
  • Bus Degree    67%
  • Engineering Tech Diplomas  60%
  • Animation Diploma  60%
  • The jobs are located all over BC and Alberta.
    • Many of our jobs are posted for the Okanagan Valley.
  •   Wages range from minimum of $14.60 up to $30 per hour depending on the company you are working for, the industry and location.
    • Common range is $ 15-20 per hour.

 

  • One time application fee of $95.12
    • Billed to your student account shortly after applying.
  • $317.05 (per work-term, 12-16 weeks of full-time paid employment).
  • No fee to apply for a Co-op work permit.
  • Apply for Co-op during your 1st academic term.
  • $317.05 (per work-term, 12-16 weeks of full-time paid employment).
  • Our office will check your grades at the end of the term and if your GPA meets the requirements, then we start the process so you can apply for a Co-op work permit. It can take up to 3 months to get a Co-op work permit from the Canadian Government.

Work terms are available:

  • January – April
  • May – August
  • September – December
  • Once you have applied and been approved for Co-op, you will be given the username and password to apply for positions that are on our website.
  • We help you with your resume, cover letter and interview prep.

OC jobs for OC students

Providing work experience through part-time jobs for students

Okanagan College students who are Canadian or have Canadian Permanent Resident Status (i.e. Domestic students) enrolled in degree, diploma or certificate programs that are taking a minimum of two courses per semester and are in a good academic standing are eligible to participate.

International Okanagan College students enrolled in degree, diploma or certificate programs that are taking a minimum of three courses per semester and are in good academic standing are eligible to participate. (Please note: If an International Okanagan College student is in the last semester of study with less than three (3) courses remaining, there may be an exception to the three (3) courses minimum).

During the summer term (May - August), Domestic and International students must have been enrolled as described above and have intent to return to OC in the next fall term.

Download and Complete the OC Student Employment Application. Hard copies are available in Student, Graduate & Co-op Employment Centre in Kelowna or the Administration offices in Salmon Arm, Vernon and Penticton Campuses.

There are approximately 300 students employed annually in a variety of jobs including Research Assistants, Learning Centre Assistants, Peer Mentors, Recreation Facility Assistants and Computer Lab Monitors.  

Students are encouraged to apply for positions as soon as they see them posted. Some posted in April or May will start in September. Supervisors want to make sure they have people hired to start right away in the fall, so don’t wait, apply right away. 

The jobs and descriptions are posted online at Job Posting

  • Review job postings
  • For IT Services Monitor positions, go to OC IT Services
  • For all other positions take your OC student Employment Application form to the supervisor(s) of the job(s) you are interested in 

If a Supervisor selects you for a job they will complete the bottom portion of the OC Student Employment Application Form. Bring your signed application form & resume to the Student, Graduate & Co-op Employment Office in Kelowna, or the Administration Office in Salmon Arm, Penticton or Vernon. You then need to download or pick up and complete your Banking Information form, TD1 & TD1BC Income Tax forms, along with the Assignment of Wages, employment information confirmation sheet and Student Contract. If you require help with any of the forms, please ask at the centers and we will be pleased to assist you.
Remember, you need to complete all remaining employment paperwork in order for you to start work and get paid. You will become an OC student employee, subject to all regulations and procedures related to student employment.
 

Students can work a maximum of 15 hours per week during the Sept – Dec and Jan – April terms. During the summer term, May – August, students can work a maximum of 35 hours per week. The maximums are for all student jobs combined, so please make sure you are not working more than allowed. This includes Student Employment and IT Services Monitor positions combined.

You and your supervisor must complete and sign a bi-weekly timesheet. Your supervisor submits the timesheet to the Student, Graduate & Co-op Employment Centre by the deadline for each pay period. It is important to always get your timesheet in on time. You will be paid bi-weekly by direct deposit. 

Forms required to apply (print to fill out forms)

Forms required once you're hired (print to fill out forms)

Note: Please fill out the pension enrolment or waiver form.

Note: If your banking information changes, please complete an updated bank information form.

 

Note: All IT Monitors applicants must submit their completed forms to labsupport@okanagan.bc.ca or delivered to IT Services ATTN: Lab Support

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Resources

BCIC Tech Works unites students with valuable training opportunities in BC's technology sector through the BC Innovator Skills Initiative and BC Tech Co-op Grants Program

 

For more information you can visit BC Tech Co-op Grants Program.

The Student Business Loans program, which is managed by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), offers interest-free loans of up to $3,000 for young entrepreneurs to operate their own business during the summer.

The Student Business Loans program helps enterprising young Canadians in high school, junior college or CEGEP, or university get a taste for career options that may lie ahead once they’ve finished school. Plus, it can bolster their self-confidence and lay the foundation for future employment success.

For more information about the Student Business Loans program, you can visit the BDC website at www.bdc.ca
 

Today’s information and telecommunications technology puts more power into the hands of small business. But quite often, the only things hampering a company’s success are the technology and the knowledgeable staff to use it.
Whether a business has one employee or 250, it may be able to take advantage of a unique funding program designed to share the risk of applying technology new to a firm.
 

For more information you can visit: http://www.wd.gc.ca/
 

If your organization recently hired or is in need of a young environmental professional, you may be eligible for funding. ECO Canada is pleased to announce the continuation of the Environmental Youth Corp. (EYC) internship program. If eligible you could receive a 33-40% wage subsidy with a maximum of $12,000 to cover your employee’s salary.
Since its inception in 1997, the EYC has created almost 1400 internships working on national and international environmental projects. ECO Canada's primary objective is the creation of long-term employment opportunities and currently enjoys a success rate of over 95% for both programs. With the recent implementation of an online application process, it is now even easier for employers to apply. To apply for an EYC internship, or to learn more about the program, please visit our website at www.cchrei.ca/eyc.html.
The Environmental Youth Corp. (EYC) is designed to create a six to twelve month window-of-opportunity for post-secondary graduates under the age of 30. These individuals are either unemployed or underemployed and are seeking to gain experience in either a national or international environmental project.
Are you an organization interested in hiring an EYC intern? Go directly to the EYC 
 

Looking for a student job and an exciting work experience? Check out FSWEP (Federal Student Work Experience Program). Apply online via the PSC website at: FSWEP
The Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) is the primary vehicle through which federal departments and agencies recruit students for temporary student jobs. FSWEP offers students the opportunity to grow personally, develop new skills and learn more about how the federal government works.
To be eligible...

  • You must have full-time student status from a recognized institution and be returning to full-time studies in the upcoming academic term.

What kind of student jobs are available?

  • Post-secondary student jobs include: computer science, geology and marine emergency work.
  • Secondary student jobs include: clerical work, (word-processing, data-entry, or mail room clerical work), and general labour.

Where and when will jobs be available?

  • Across Canada, year-round, during an academic term (part-time) and during a non-academic term (full-time or part-time.)

How do I apply and where can I get more information?

  • Apply online and get more information via the PSC website.
  • You can obtain a FSWEP application kit:
  • At your campus career centre;
  • At a Human Resource Centre of Canada;
  • At any office of the Public Service Commission of Canada; or
  • By contacting the Youth Info Line at 1-800-935-5555.

Is there a deadline for applying?

  • No, there is no deadline for applying to the general inventory. You can apply starting mid-October of the current year. However, certain departments hire students earlier than others, so apply soon. We are committed to employment equity.
    • Employment Programs – Check out this section for information on Government Employment Programs.
    • Writing Your Resume – Your resume is the most effective way to sell yourself. It should outline your skills and experience so an employer will realize what you will be able to contribute to their company.
    • Job Hunting Tips: Those who find jobs are successful because they know how to conduct an effective job search.
    • Preparing For Job Interviews – Perhaps the most important key to a successful interview is to be well prepared for it and to have some knowledge of what to expect.
    • Success on the Job – You may be facing your work experience with a combination of excitement and trepidation. We hope these suggestions will help you handle any situations that arise during your employment.
    • Online Employment Resources – Here you’ll find a list of links in the following categories: Careers, Labour Market Info, Resume Help, Starting Your Own Business, Volunteering and Job Search Resources.
       

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is the national, voluntary membership organization representing publicly supported colleges, institutes, cegeps and polytechnics in Canada and internationally. 
Known previously as the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC), CICan continues to champion the innovations, applied research, international development, and the employment or entrepreneurial opportunities that are created by its member institutions and partners all over the world.
CiCan’s members work with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities across Canada. The association is committed to quality education and skills development opportunities for all Canadians as a means to maximize labour market participation and support Canada/s prosperity.

For more information you can visit: CICan

 

Bachelor of Arts

Alliance for Arts

Maintained by the Greater Vancouver Alliance for Arts and Culture, this site offers frequently updated postings for jobs within the Arts and Culture sector.

BCJobs.com

This online recruiting resource connects employers and job seekers with jobs in all industries, anywhere in the province.

Canada Customs and Revenue Agency Career Opportunities

The CCRA has offices across the country, with a variety of career opportunities that require a wide range of different skills.

Canada Jobs

A guide to job listing resources across Canada.

Canadian Careers

Your online guide to Canadian Career & Employment Resources. This site allows you to search for jobs for free in their own Canadian job database. Over 1,000 Canadian organizations have posted positions in fields such as accounting, information technology, sales and marketing and many others. You will also find resources for career exploration, education and training, job search techniques, resumes and cover letters, online job boards, professional associations, entrepreneurial resources and much more.

Canadian Museums Association

A good site for jobs with non-profit museums, art galleries, science centres, aquaria, archives, sports halls of fame, artist-run centres, zoos and historic sites across Canada.

Career Mosaic

This is a good place to find jobs for the US and Canadian market. Use a key word search and refine your search to a specific province or state. This site also offers resume writing tips and resources for students.

Charity Village Career Centre

Lists employment opportunities in the non-profit sector. This site also provides extensive information, resources, and links to Canada's non-profit sector.

 Education Canada Network (ECN)

The ECN is an online educational recruitment resource that allows job seekers to search a nationwide database of educational employers currently seeking to fill positions in teaching, administration and support staff areas.

Government of Canada Job Bank

This Job Bank service provides a cross-Canada listing of job opportunities placed with Human Resources Development Canada. Job seekers can search by occupation and geography in order to help them find suitable employment.

JeffGaulin.com

Are you a journalist or a student looking for a job in journalism, new media or public relations? Then browse Jeff Gaulin's Canadian Journalism Job Board for free and find the job for you!

Jobpostings Canada

Ranked one of the top 30 student job sites on the Internet. This site is successful because it is advertised extensively in over 170,000 issues every month of jobpostings Magazine.

JobShark – Canada's Online Career & Recruitment Centre

You will have to register with this site, but there is no charge. You can access a job posting menu for Canada and you can also write and store your resume with this service. The service will match you with any new postings according to your criteria, and inform you of the match through email.

The Monster Job Board Canada

Manage your career any time, from anywhere: track job searches; store resumes and cover letters; and connect to a global careers community.

Business

CoolJobsCanada

Canada's tourism and hospitality job site!

Hospitality Careers Online

Hospitality Careers Online is the hospitality industry's premier recruiting and job opportunity home on the web! Job Seekers can search 1000's of hotel jobs, restaurant jobs, casino jobs, resort jobs, chef jobs, cruise ship jobs, catering jobs & all hospitality industry employment for free, or post a resume for employers to find!

Hospitality Jobs Online

This is your career resource exclusively for the hospitality industry. This site provides you with detailed job listings and extensive profiles on hospitality companies and properties. You have control over exactly which jobs you apply to, and there is never any fee to candidates!

Indeed

Indeed allows a user to look at positions all across Canada. Very specific fields and locations can be entered and alerts can be set up to be sent to the user daily.

Kelowna BC - Employer Listings

This site contains over 6500 Kelowna businesses, including links to e-mail addresses and web pages.

Mosaic Sales Solutions Canada

Mosaic Sales Solutions Canada is a sales and field marketing solutions agency that executes brand relevant selling, merchandising and event marketing programs.

go2HR

Since 1979, go2HR has served BC’s tourism and hospitality industry with programs and services that support its growth and success. go2HR is helping the tourism industry address its labour market challenges by promoting best HR practices, labour market information, tourism career awareness, industry training, and industry health and safety.

Education

Education Canada

This Education Job Postings site allows you to search Canadian teaching, administrative and supports job by category, city and location.

Indeed

Indeed allows a user to look at positions all across Canada. Very specific fields and locations can be entered and alerts can be set up to be sent to the user daily.

Health & Social Development

Health Match BC

Health Match BC is a government funded program which assists rural communities in British Columbia to recruit nurses. This website allows nurses to view current vacancies available as well as post their resume online. Information regarding licensing and immigration issues can also be found on this website, and the services provided are free of charge.

Indeed

Indeed allows a user to look at positions all across Canada. Very specific fields and locations can be entered and alerts can be set up to be sent to the user daily.

Interior Health Career Opportunities

Interior Health lists career opportunities in the following occupational categories: Administrative Support; Finance Accounting; Human Resources; Information Technology; Management; Nursing; Paramedical Professionals; Pharmacy; Physicians; Support Services, and Trades Maintenance.

Northern Health Authority

Responsible for health care across Northern BC. Career opportunities in the following categories: Nursing, Physicians, Paramedical, Executive/Management, Community Support Services, Facility Support Services.

S.W.A.T. (Social Worker Action Team)

Job listings and support services for the social service field.

Vancouver Island Health Authority

JServing health needs in the South, Central, and North regions of Vancouver Island. Career opportunities in the following categories: Clerical Support, Engineering/Trades, General Services, Health Sciences, Information Systems, Licensed Practical Nursing, Management/Non-contract.

Science & Technology

Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia

ASTTBC is the association for technology professionals in British Columbia, representing the interests of members in dealings with other professional associations, government, industry and educational institutions. ASTTBC also acts as a source of information and specialized services for members as well as providing networking opportunities. ASTTBC registers technologists and technicians, grants professional certification to qualified members, and regulates standards of practice in accordance with a Code of Ethics.

BC Water and Waste Association

The British Columbia Water and Waste Association (BCWWA) is dedicated to the stewardship of the environment and public health by advancing the technology and science of the water and wastewater fields.

ECO Canada - Environmental Careers Organization

ECO Canada is a not-for-profit organization that helps the Canadian environmental industry meet its human resources needs.

 Canadian Information Processing Society

The Canadian Information Processing Society's web site.

 The Canadian Technical Employment Network (CTEN)

CTEN is a national job referral system which puts technology professionals - members of provincial associations – in touch with prospective employers searching for quality technical staff with specific knowledge and expertise. Members can post their skills and expertise, search for and access job opportunities across the country, contact employers who have matched their skills, and promote the value of certification and their professional designation.

 First Jobs in Science & Technology

First Jobs in Science & Technology is a hiring program for Western Canada's science and technology businesses. Check it out!

 Indeed

Indeed allows a user to look at positions all across Canada. Very specific fields and locations can be entered and alerts can be set up to be sent to the user daily.

 National Research Council Youth Internships

The National Research Council IRAP Youth Program is an initiative of the Youth Employment Strategy of Human Resources Development Canada.

Technoskill

The Canadian Advanced Technology Association's national job site for high tech employers.

T-Net British Columbia

Lists many of BC's leading IT and technology companies.

Trades

Apprenticeship Financial Incentives

Employment Insurance (EI) benefits may be available for apprentice while attending technical training.

Indeed

Indeed allows a user to look at positions all across Canada. Very specific fields and locations can be entered and alerts can be set up to be sent to the user daily.

Job Resource Centre

The Job Resource Centre connects workers with employers in the Banff area.

Okanagan Kootenay Cherry Growers Association

Employment opportunities posted by individual orchards, plus information on typical hours of work, wages and who is hiring.

Quintessential Career & Job Hunting Resources Guide

This site is designed to provide as much information and resources as possible about jobs and careers for job seekers. While this site has all types of resources and links, its main focus in on helping students find employment.

The Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work

"Still making the job of finding a job a little easier. A resource on employment diversity." This site allows you to select the province you wish to seek information about. There are articles about work and seeking employment. You can maneuver through the job postings and return to the main menu with ease.

Government of Canada Jobs, Workers, Training and Careers

Links to Federal Government jobs and recruitment sites.

Public Service Commission (PSC) of Canada

Here you'll find a listing of currently available openings in every region of Canada and in a wide variety of specializations, as well as student programs and the Information Technology Recruitment site, where computer science specialists can drop off their resume and be considered for openings in the federal government.

Government of Canada Jobs, Workers, Training and Careers

Links to Federal Government jobs and recruitment sites.

Public Service Commission (PSC) of Canada

Here you'll find a listing of currently available openings in every region of Canada and in a wide variety of specializations, as well as student programs and the Information Technology Recruitment site, where computer science specialists can drop off their resume and be considered for openings in the federal government.

Youth International Internship Program

The Youth International Internship Program is part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, and gives youth a first paid international work experience.

Province of British Columbia Job Opportunities

If you would like to work for the BC Government this is the site for you. There are hundreds of job postings for government jobs in all areas of BC. They offer information about career opportunities, standard qualifications, and youth programs. Links are provided for other large non-government companies offering employment. This is an easy to use and very helpful site.

Glassdoor

Glassdoor gives you access to millions of jobs from over 500,000 different companies, and has a unique, localized career content for many different languages and territories: AustriaAustralia, Belgium (French & Dutch), Canada (English & French), FranceGermanyIndia, IrelandNetherlands, Switzerland (French & German), United KingdomUnited States.

 DepartSmart

This is an on-line travel orientation session designed for students and faculty involved in overseas programs. Students planning an exchange are encouraged to complete this information session.

 Youth International Internship Program

The Youth International Internship Program is part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, and gives youth a first paid international work experience.

 Council on International Educational Exchange

Information on study and work abroad opportunities.

 GlobalPlacement.com

GlobalPlacement.com is a free internship program service for students. The website is offering thousands of internship positions worldwide and is funded by the European Union through the Leonardo da Vinci Program.

 eslteacherrecruiter.com

Teacher recruiter website for ESL teachers in Korea.

 Working In Canada

Canada Offers many job opportunities for newcomers. The best way to succeed is to prepare! This website can help you get ready for the challenges of finding a job.

Reach to Teach Recruiting

Reach to Teach Recruiting is a free ESL teacher placement agency. Our main client pool are recent or soon to be college graduates and young professionals.

 JobGurus Malaysia

Jobs from thousands of employers, recruiters and government sites across Malaysia.

 JobGurus South Africa

Jobs from thousands of employers, recruiters and government sites across South Africa.

 JobGurus UAE

Jobs from thousands of employers, recruiters and government sites across UAE.

 JobGurus Australia

Jobs from thousands of employers, recruiters and government sites across Australia.

 JobGurus New Zealand

Jobs from thousands of employers, recruiters and government sites across New Zealand.

 JobGurus India

Jobs from thousands of employers, recruiters and government sites across India.

Indeed

Indeed allows a user to look at positions all across Canada. Very specific fields and locations can be entered and alerts can be set up to be sent to the user daily.

 CivicInfo.BC Career Listings

CivicInfo BC provides a job posting service that is one of the best ways for local governments to attract professional, qualified candidates. If working in BC's local government sector interests you, please visit their website for a comprehensive listing of current job opportunities.

 CivicJobs.ca

CivicJobs.ca is a Canada-wide one-stop shop for local government careers and the broad spectrum that they represent. This job posting site aims to match up civic government employers with the best employees across the country.

 Jobserve.ca

Jobserve, the World first Internet Recruitment Service.

 CareersInFood.com

Employment Site for the Food and Beverage Manufacturing Industry. With 11,665 current food and beverage manufacturing jobs posted from hundreds of the industry's top companies and recruiters, we have grown to become, by far, the largest food and beverage industry-specific job board on the internet.

 JobGurus

JobGurus was founded in 2006 and currently pulls job postings from 6000 sources Canada wide- providing its users with the most comprehensive search available. The site is free of charge for job seekers.

 Accelerate Okanagan

This is a one-stop-shop for student-focused entrepreneurial opportunities. With grants, events and mentorship opportunities, Accelerate Okanagan provides a wealth of activities to accelerate your growth as an entrepreneur.

 How to Make a Website with Wordpress

Step-by-step tutorial to help students create a website using the free and popular software WordPress.

 Best Domain Name Generators

The best tools to help students brainstorm domain names for their new venture.

 Best Logo Makers

The finest free logo makers.

Connector Program

The Connector Program is a formalized community integration initiative offered by COEDC (Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission) designed to broaden a job seeker’s network through one-on-one meetings with established business leaders in the community. It is a simple but effective referral process that puts newcomers or recent graduates in the Central Okanagan (Lake Country to Peachland) in touch with highly networked individuals so they can connect to our workforce and settle successfully.

 Okanagan Young Professionals

This organization is aimed at young professionals in their 20's and 30's, their mission is to is to provide a conduit for connecting young professionals through volunteer, social, professional, sports, arts, cultural events and activities.

 Accelerate Okanagan

This is a one-stop-shop for student-focused entrepreneurial opportunities. With grants, events and mentorship opportunities, Accelerate Okanagan provides a wealth of activities to accelerate your growth as an entrepreneur.

 Launching Careers - RBC

This website is a resource for recent graduates, employers and those wanting to support those early in their careers. Great early career experiences help build a foundation for success, a stronger future for young people and a more prosperous Canada for all of us. This toolkit is designed to help all stakeholders - young people, managers, and HR teams - make these experiences great. From work integrated learning to summer jobs, the approaches and practices outlined will also support young people and employers in getting the most from these experiences.

Community engagement initiatives

Indigenous student initiatives

Okanagan College mission Statement "Transforming lives and communities" directly reflects the work Jewell is embarking on; transforming Student, Graduate & Co-op Employment services to best reflect the needs of our indigenous learners and employer partners. Jewell is collaborating with various community groups including Indigenous community partners, business partners, post-secondary institutions as well as students from OC, all with the goal of enhancing the supports to self-identified Indigenous students through co-op and work integrated learning opportunities. Okanagan College recognizes that there is a potential that self-identified Indigenous students are not fully engaging in co-op due to the college’s inability to recognize and respond to their unique needs or considerations. Such as working within Indigenous community, cultural considerations, or the student’s limited understanding of work integrated learning opportunities being valuable assets to their learning outcomes. In the coming months Jewell will begin the consultation phase of her work, engaging in conversation with community to determine best steps to enhance access and success for students attending Okanagan College and transitioning into the workforce. Should you wish to connect with Jewell to learn more about her work or to engage in the consultation process please connect with her at the contacts listed.

Contact Jewell

Aboriginal Services Jewell Gillies

Accessibility services initiatives

Okanagan College currently offers 15 Co-operative education programs serving the college region from Penticton to Revelstoke. There are many benefits for students who participate in Co-operative education, including gaining work experience, applying academic knowledge to a practical setting, earning a salary to help finance their education, and gaining the soft skills required in the workplace. We recognize that while Okanagan College students are highly educated and incredibly talented, it can be challenging to obtain employment without some work-related experience on their resume.
While we strive to raise awareness of Co-op opportunities for all students, we know that there are barriers to participation for students with accessibility needs. To address this gap, Okanagan College received funding from the provincial government to increase Co-op and work integrated learning opportunities for students with accessibility needs. Over the next 13 months, Leslie Munro, will lead this initiative in collaboration with Okanagan College students and staff, community support partners, business partners, and other post-secondary institutions with the goal of improving Co-op supports and services for students with accessibility needs. If you would like to learn more about the initiative or how you can become involved, we want to hear from you. Please contact Leslie Munro at the contact information listed.

Contact Leslie

Co-op Leslie Munro

Co-op Employer of the Year Awards

In 2017 Okanagan College’s Student, Graduate & Co-op Employment office created the Co-op Employer of the Year Award to recognize organizations and individuals for going above and beyond to create work-integrated learning opportunities for students. This year, two B.C. employers have been recognized.

metro vancouver co-op awardMetro Vancouver took home the trophy for 2017 Co-op Employer of the Year in the Science, Technology and Health category. The organization has hired co-op students from the College for more than two decades, beginning in 1995. Metro Vancouver has also been a strong supporter of OC’s Co-op program by participating in on-campus events such as the Business Expo & Employment Fair, interview clinics and classroom lunch and learn sessions.

co-op students with employer winning award

“Metro Vancouver has been a legacy co-op employer, hiring Okanagan College co-op/alumni for the past 25 years,” says Gerry Born, Student, Graduate and Co-op Employment Coordinator. “In this time they have hired hundreds of co-op students, many which are now employed with Metro Vancouver.

“Metro Vancouver has been a legacy co-op employer, hiring Okanagan College co-op/alumni for the past 25 years,” says Gerry Born, Student, Graduate and Co-op Employment Coordinator. “In this time they have hired hundreds of co-op students, many which are now employed with Metro Vancouver.

“Metro Vancouver kick start the co-op process for the WET student each year, by being the first employer to post for multiple co-op positions and offering to interview each and every student that applies.”

Andrew Hunt works for Metro Vancouver as Superintendent of the Iona Waste Water Treatment Plant in Richmond, B.C. Hunt attended OC in the mid-90s, completed two co-op terms with Metro Vancouver (then Greater Vancouver Regional District), and was offered a job immediately after graduation. He is one of the many technologists and leaders assisting Metro Vancouver in providing treatment to wastewater for close to 1,000,000 residents. 

“The co-op experience worked very well for me as someone looking to start out in the industry,” says Hunt. “Now, I have the vantage point to see how beneficial the system is for the employer as well. It’s incredibly important that we have a strong pool of talent to draw from, which is why we work with post-secondary institutions to provide feedback, keep the training highly relevant, and keep the co-op system working as well as it does.

“We’re giving people life opportunities and they grab hold of them and gain so much from the experience. At the end of the day, it’s as much a win for us as it is for them.”

TNG co-op employer awardTNG (The News Group), a national periodical distributor with an office in Kelowna, was awarded Co-op Employer of the Year in the Business category. Over the past three years alone, the company has hired more than 15 co-op students from OC and has provided extensive training and mentorship throughout students’ co-op experiences.

TNG has been a strong supporter of Okanagan College’s programs and has shown consistent dedication for the Co-op students by creating a bulletin board that focuses exclusively on OC students while always maintaining a conscious effort to meet and interview OC candidates.  In addition, TNG has been very active with Okanagan College employer/on-campus events such as the Business Expo & Employment Fair. 

“TNG is dedicated to the development of co-op students, through providing a great learning environment, open door policy and feedback to help students grow,” says Tanya Tarlit, Student, Graduate and Co-op Employment Coordinator. “We are so pleased to see so many of co-op students hired on a permanent basis. To be nominated for an Employer of the Year Award the company has to be proactive with co-op students, provide meaningful training, encourage growth and development as well as look to hire from more than one program area which TNG has done year after year.

Carly Namysl, an Okanagan College Business graduate and now TNG’s Human Resource Generalist shared her insight into TNG’s consistent support for Okanagan College’s Co-op students.

“Over the years, TNG Kelowna has hired a notable number of OC Co-op students,” notes Namsyl. “Many of those students have turned into full-time, permanent team members. The students are keen to learn, adaptable to our office, and knowledgeable in their areas of study. TNG Kelowna will continue to support local talent and work with OC to facilitate career development for the students in our local community.”

The Student, Graduate & Co-op Employment office plans to present the awards annually. Watch this space for updates. 

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Alison Beaumont

Co-op Education
Office: Main Building A300
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-864-5738
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Gulshanpreet Brar

Co-op Education
Office: Ashnola Building 142A
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-460-7912
Co-op Education Gulshanpreet Brar

Paulette Gill

Co-op Education
Office: Arts Building 104D
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4239

Jewell Gillies

Aboriginal Transitions Planner
Office: Arts Building 105
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4498
Aboriginal Services Jewell Gillies

Jewell is currently seconded to Co-op Indigenous Initiatives Project - return date: April 1, 2021

Jewell is Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw of the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation on the West Coast (Wolf clan). She comes from 5 plus years working as an Aboriginal Student Advocate for School District 23 (Central Okanagan). In that time Jewell has fostered enduring relationships with her students, their families, and the community supports to provide a holistic wrap around approach to support for Indigenous youth. Her goal has been to provide cultural/spiritual practices and teachings as well as support a student’s sense of understanding of their indigenous identity as part of their overall educational journey.

Jewell's work experience prior to advocacy was in the criminal justice system serving as a Police Officer for the City of Vancouver Police Department for over 5 years. She is passionate about connecting with her community and providing them every opportunity possible to see success in their life goals. Jewell feels very fortunate to be able to raise her young child in the traditional territories of the Okanagan people and spends as much time as possible out exploring the hiking/biking trails and beaches.

Kathryn Hall

Co-op Education
Office: Arts Building 104B
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4287

Jessica Landau

Co-op Education
Office: Salmon Arm Building 103
Campus: Salmon Arm
Phone: 250-515-1358
Co-op Education Jessica Landau

For the past 11 years, I have lived, worked and played in the Shuswap. Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs, I have created and managed my own business for over half my life. Experiencing the joys of following my passion and having a livelihood that supports and sustains me, my desire is to help others do the same. Since becoming a BC Career Development Professional in 2010, I have worked at the local Employment Centre as a Youth Career Counsellor and now am also working with School District 83 as a Youth Work in Trades Community Liaison. Drawing upon myexperience as a job seeker, company owner, employment coordinator and student, my goal is to find a win-win for each individual situation by helping connect qualified students with interested employers. When not busy working, I can be found exploring new places to camp with my family and dogs or enjoying the Shuswap's fabulous local food and beverages, beaches, music or film festivals.

Cassandra McFarland

Co-op Education
Office: Arts Building 104
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-864-9682
Coop Education Cassandra McFarland

Brenda Naka

Co-op Education
Office: Arts Building 104
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4480

Erin Pedro

Co-op Education
Office: Arts Building 104C
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4209