Future-proven research from the leaders in work-integrated education
The Work-Learn Institute (WxL) is the only research unit of its kind researching the development of talent through quality work-integrated learning programs (WIL).
WxL establishes quality standards for meaningful, high-quality co-operative education and work-integrated learning programs.
Waterloo has the largest co-operative education program in the world, giving WxL access to the largest dataset of student and employer data to study the future of work.
WxL is an incubator for WIL innovation testing new models and ideas to continue to evolve the practice of co-op and work-integrated learning to meet the changing demands of the labour market.
Since 2015, the Government of Canada has invested more than $1 billion in real-world learning opportunities to prepare the next generation for the labour market. Work-integrated learning (WIL) combines classroom learning with work experience — preparing students with the skills and experiences they need. How can providers and policymakers guarantee the quality of experiences for everyone to ensure the maximum impact?
- Learn why not all WIL experiences are equal in intensity and value.
- Get a checklist to see how your WIL program stacks up.
- Read how clear goals and action plans are critical for success
- Apr. 29, 2022
By: Namish Modi (he/him)
During his time at Waterloo, James (Jim) Downey was instrumental to the University’s world-renowned co-operative education program as the founding director of the Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative education (WatCACE).
- Nov. 4, 2021
- Mar. 20, 2021
March is Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada National Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) month. As an opportunity to celebrate and generate awareness of co-op and other WIL programs across Canada, the Work-Learn Institute (WxL) is reflecting on the contributions co-op students have made to the Work-Learn team and WIL research.