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Research Seminar: "Work-Integrated Learning: Addressing the Experience Mismatch Problem"

  • University of Toronto, Wallberg Building, Room 215 200 College Street Toronto, ON, M5T 3A1 Canada (map)

Title: “Work-Integrated Learning: Addressing the Experience Mismatch Problem."

Speakers: Caitlin Cassie and Andrew Do from the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Ryerson University.  

Presentation abstract: Drawing on literature reviews, semi-structured interviews, and comprehensive analysis, this presentation will discuss the role of work-integrated learning (WIL) in the school-to-work transition of students. In particular, it will examine the operation of one WIL opportunity – the Siemens Canada Dual Education Program – and its potential role in the expansion of WIL opportunities across Canada. This presentation will also discuss the following three findings: 1) The skills mismatch problem and the experience mismatch problem are two distinct issues facing recent graduates; 2) Multi-sectoral partnerships between industry, government and postsecondary institutions are critical when developing and delivering effective WIL programming; and 3) Leveraging WIL can strengthen the pipeline of productive and loyal talent. Based on these findings, the presentation will lastly provide recommendations on how to scale WIL opportunities for a broader base of students.

Format: As part of ILead's research seminar series, this will feature a research presentation and open Q&A period. Come join ILead staff, faculty and our colleagues from around the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering and the broader university. CoP member companies are welcome.