By: Maddie Savage (she/her)
As 2022 wraps up, Co-operative and Experiential Education highlights some of our top stories of the past year.
These top stories showcase the value co-op students bring to employers and how employers prepare for future-ready talent.
Here is a glimpse at our most-viewed stories of 2022:
Donald Phillips celebrates a 40-year career at XAP Corporation. Phillips completed six terms as a Waterloo co-op student at the organization prior to his four-decade run.
Seventy-three of Waterloo’s co-op employers ranked in the Globe and Mail’s Top 100 Employer list for 2023. This recognition highlights the caliber of Waterloo’s co-op employers and their ability to adapt in the changing world of work.
3. University Health Network hires dozens of co-op students for launch of new health information system
Using an application called Synapse, Waterloo co-op students helped the University Health Network carry out a new health information system. The company hired students to work as at-the-elbow support and non-medical device testers.
After two years of remote and hybrid work, employers need to provide a safe environment for gender expression, gender identity and sexual orientation to attract future-ready talent. Lumentum shares how they are supporting 2SLGBTQ+ employees.
Customer experience management company, Kenna has hired Waterloo co-op students for more than 20 years. Kenna credits their success to the passion of co-op students. Students work closely with the team and get hands-on experience with large projects.
Waterloo co-op students impress Stuart Fraser, vice-president of Martinrea International, with the quality and speed of their work. Martinrea received the 2021 Employer Impact Award for Impact in Innovation.
Digital insurance brokerage company, Mitchell & Whale is one of Canada’s top growing companies according to The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business magazine. As the company continues to grow, they are hiring more co-op students to become insurance experts.
Questrade invests in students by providing them with real experiences as UX writers, junior data scientists and information security analysts. For the last 15 years, the organization has hired Waterloo students to prepare for future talent.
Co-op students at Axonify work to help frontline employees manage online learning. They bring fresh perspectives and learn from mentors at the organization.
At Automation Tooling Systems (ATS), Waterloo co-op students work on innovative projects to provide solutions to help customers with their challenges. The company’s co-op program helps them to recruit future talent while students gain confidence in the world of work.
With the expected rise of work in human resources, Peel Regional Police and NavBlue hired Arts co-op students to help with increased demand. Waterloo students help the organizations adapt to hybrid work and promote employee wellness.