A critical part of our success relies directly upon the strong, ongoing relationships we have built with key industries in BC, and hundreds of local employers in communities across the province.

As the primary supplier of a well-educated, highly skilled workforce across British Columbia, our system of community-based colleges is crucial to building sustainable communities and maximizing individual potential where people live and work.

Our colleges are always seeking opportunities to meet with, better understand, and partner with business and industry regarding their skills training needs and job opportunities. This includes work-integrated learning (WIL) and Co-op placement opportunities with employers.

Work-integrated learning (WIL) - which includes co-op, internships, clinical placements, applied research projects, field placements, service learning, work experience and practicums - is a proven way to help students apply what they learn in the classroom, get relevant work experience, and make connections with employers. Employers also benefit from students’ energy, fresh ideas, knowledge and skills, while also getting a firsthand look at new talent for future recruitment after graduation.

One example of how, with BC Government support, BC’s colleges are supporting WIL.

Many of our colleges offer innovation and problem-solving applied research services that businesses can access. There are also opportunities to sponsor programs and achieve community recognition doing so.

Partnering for mutual success has been a part of BC’s colleges for over 50 years. BC Colleges can help business and industries make contact with the right leaders within the college system.