A living lab based on decades of future-proven experience as leaders in work-integrated learning

The Work-Learn Institute is the only research unit of its kind researching the development of talent through quality work-integrated learning programs (WIL).

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Work-Learn Institute (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.

  1. Nov. 5, 2020How two organizations acted swiftly after COVID-19 drastically impacted work-integrated learning
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    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.

  2. Oct. 28, 2020Working on purpose: WxL featured in Waterloo Magazine
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    The fall 2020 issue of Waterloo Magazine is available online with a special feature on the leadership of Work-Learn Institute director Judene Pretti, finding purpose in work and our Future Ready Talent Framework (FRTF). Read the full feature and visit the FRTF website to learn more about the key competencies to help navigate the future of work and and learning.

  3. Oct. 19, 2020WxL study finds three key factors to remote work experience for young people

    Our latest publication on remote work-integrated learning experiences from the student perspective is highlighted in Waterloo Stories. Conducted by Work-Learn Institute's team of researchers Judene Pretti, Brittany Etmanski and Amie Durston, the study identifies three important factors that affect a student's remote work experience: socialization, productivity and meaningful work.

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  1. Dec. 9, 2020Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering 2020
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    The Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering provides a high-level forum where the world of science and technology meet on African soil to unveil breakthroughs in science, respond to existing challenges and look to the future. Work-Learn Institute director Judene Pretti will be joining virtually on December 9, 2020 to contribute to this year's theme surrounding digital economy, innovation and youth employment.

    Visit Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering 2020 to register today.

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