Hire for transition to a digital workplace

University of Waterloo students working at St. Joseph's Hospital.

Are you overwhelmed with the transition to a remote workplace and struggling to move your organization and business to a virtual platform?

Get creative – hire tech-savvy co-op students to support your organization.

We can help you get past two common challenges:

  1. Finding talent with the skills needed in today’s digital environment
  2. Funding your hire

1) Finding talent with the skills needed in today's digital environment

In response to the global pandemic and subsequent move to virtual workplaces, Waterloo students have access to a specialized Digital Skills Fundamentals courses. 

These courses will introduce students to the concepts of:

  • Digital marketing
  • Web design
  • Video marketing
  • Problem-solving
  • Sales skills
  • e-commerce
 

The Digital Skills Fundamentals course has been generously provided by the Stratford School of Interaction Design and BusinessVidyard, Larry Smith (Director and Founder, The Problem Lab), Kiite Academy and Shopify.

They were created to help Waterloo students better support Canadian businesses during this time. Students are encouraged to sign up for these no-cost courses. If you hire students, you can request that they enrol in any of these courses as part of your onboarding process. These courses can be accessed by students through LEARN, Waterloo's web-based learning management system.

With the world's largest co-op talent pool, you'll be able to choose students from across 120+ accredited programs. To better fit your needs, we have increased the flexibility of our co-op program; students are now available for work terms from 8 to 16 weeks in length.

You can also consider hiring more than one student to help your organization go digital. By hiring a team of students to help you make the transition, you’ll have the support you need to adapt to the current environment.

2) Funding your student positions

Concerned about your hiring budget? With unprecedented federal funding, you can get up to 75% of a student wage subsidized. If you are facing financial challenges or budget cuts, there are several resources available for you.

Here are a few of the funding opportunities that you may qualify for:

This is just a highlight of a few opportunities that are available to you. There are a number of grants, tax credits and funding programs that subsidize, and sometimes completely cover the cost of your hire, regardless of your business size and where you're located in Canada.

Headshot of University of Waterloo Funding Specialist and Business Developer, Carolyn Lee

We can help you get the funding you need. Get in touch with Carolyn!

Carolyn is a Co-op Specialist for the University of Waterloo's co-operative education program.

She can provide you with guidance and answer questions you may have about obtaining the funding you need to hire

Email: carolyn.lee@uwaterloo.ca

 

Power in numbers: hiring co-op for digital transformation

The University of Waterloo and other organizations across the globe have hired co-op to assist with large scale projects. 

Learn about a few projects that our co-op students have helped with.