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).


Quality standards

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.


Take a AAA approach to work-integrated learning

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
  1. Mar. 20, 2021The Work-Learn Institute celebrates CEWIL National WIL Month, reflects on co-op students’ contribution to research

  2. Dec. 15, 2020University of Waterloo’s Dr. Judene Pretti recognized with prestigious Graham Branton Research Award
    Photo collage with Judene Pretti headshot cewil logo and co-op students at the tatham centre

    In a year of immense change and a drastically changed work landscape, a University of Waterloo researcher is being recognized for her significant contributions to research on work-integrated learning (WIL).

  3. Nov. 5, 2020How two organizations acted swiftly after COVID-19 drastically impacted work-integrated learning
    2 students outside of the Tatham Centre wearing face masks

    As part of a response to COVID-19, two of the world’s largest work-integrated learning (WIL) programs shifted online and adjusted operations accordingly.

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