FAQ Employer Connect

Employer Connect is a tool that connects Employers To Students that are participating in CO-OPs, Internships Or Field Placements though Post Secondary Education Institutions in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

The Following Post Secondary Education (PSE) Institutions Are Included In This Website

  • Brock University
  • Centennial College
  • Conestoga College
  • Durham College
  • Fanshawe College
  • Fleming College
  • George Brown College
  • Georgian College
  • Humber Institution
  • McMaster University
  • Michener Institute
  • Mohawk College
  • Queen's University
  • Ryerson University
  • Seneca College
  • Sheridan College
  • St. Lawrence College
  • Trent University
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Ontario
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University
  • Wilfred Laurier University
  • York University

Frequently asked questions:

What is the National Occupation Classification (NOC)?
  • The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the nationally accepted reference on occupations in Canada. It organizes over 40,000 job titles into 500 occupational group descriptions.
  • It is used daily by thousands of people to compile, analyze and communicate information about occupations, and to understand the jobs found throughout Canada's labour market.
  • The NOC provides a standardized framework for organizing the world of work in a coherent system. It is used to manage the collection and reporting of occupational statistics and to provide understandable labour market information.
  • Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), in partnership with Statistics Canada (STC), update the NOC according to 5-year Census cycles. Revisions are based on extensive occupational research and consultations conducted across the country, reflecting the evolution of the Canadian labour market.
What is a Co-operative Education Work Placement (Co-op) for Post-Secondary Students?
  • Co-ops are typically 4 months, between in-class semesters.
  • Programs may require several Co-op terms to satisfy the experiential component of their program, students may do 2nd and 3rd terms with the same employer if approved by the school.
  • Use Employer Connect to review participating Post-Secondary Education (PSE) Institutions, contact the Co-op coordinator for the program(s) of interest, and share a job posting for Co-op positions.
  • The school will participate in the placement process, and will want the employer to accept a visit from the school’s Co-op supervisor during the term.
  • Co-ops are almost always paid positions, but government wage subsidies and/or tax credits may be available to employers.
What is an Internship Work Placement for Post-Secondary Students?
  • An Internship is an on-site work experience that is directly related to a student’s field of study or career interest.
  • Internships can be 4 to 16 months in length, near or at the end of the related education program.
  • Most Internships at Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) colleges and universities are paid ensuring that students receive a better work place experience.
  • Employers can use Employer Connect to identify the appropriate Internship opportunity for their organization.
  • Government wage subsidies and/or tax credits may be available to employers who provide a paid Internship for a student.
What is a Field Placement for Post-Secondary Students?
  • Field Placements (also known as clinical placements, practicums) provide students with supervised hands-on experience within their field of study, while they continue to fulfil their academic requirements.
  • Through partnerships with employers students are able to apply the theoretical knowledge and skills learned in the classroom in a professional workplace setting.
  • All placements are unpaid, however an employer can choose to provide the student with travel allowances or a gratuitous payment when the field placement has been completed.
  • Field Placements vary in length, some as short as two weeks; an employer can use Employer Connect to identify the appropriate field placement opportunity for their organization.
  • Often Field Placements are a requirement of graduation for the student.
Why Should I Host a Post-Secondary Student in a Co-op, Internship or Field Placement?
  • Hosting a student in a Post-Secondary Education (PSE) Co-op, Internship or Field Placement helps your organization fulfill short-term recruitment needs.
  • Placements provide the opportunity for employers to learn more about a potential candidate to ensure a good company fit without a long-term commitment.
  • PSE Co-op, Internship or Field Placements provide an opportunity for employers to understand what sector or industry skills and technology is being taught to tomorrow’s workforce.
  • Placements provide an opportunity for employers to train a prospective new hire their way at a reduced rate of pay especially if employers take advantage of potential subsidies and or tax credits that are available.
  • PSE Co-op, Internship or Field Placements provide the opportunity for employers to work closer with educational institutions and play a greater role on the curriculum that is being delivered to occupations in their industry or sector.
When do Co-ops, Internships or Field Placements take place?
  • Co-op, Internships and Field Placements take place at various times of the year - fall semester (Sept. – Dec.), winter semester (Jan. – Apr.) and summer semester (May – Aug.) semester depending on the institution organizing the work-term.
  • Some work-terms replace a semester at school and some replace an entire year of school and happen in the latter part of the student’s education.
  • Some work-terms are as short at two-weeks; others are as long as 12 or 16 months.
Where does a Co-op, Internship or Field Placement take place?
  • Majority of work-terms take place at the employers’ place of work and are supervised or monitored by a staff member.
  • Sometimes, due to the nature of the position, students are required to work off site.
  • All health and safety regulations must be followed to ensure safety for all workers. For more information about Health and Safety in the workplace, visit https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/laws/.
When should I start the process to hire a Co-op, Internship or Field Placement student?
  • To recruit students for work terms, it is best to begin the hiring process at the beginning of the semester before your intended start date.
  • The process to hire a student may includ
    1. Advertising on the college or university career site for applicants - Job descriptions are submitted by employers via e-mail and posted for students to apply.
    2. Applications from students - Student applications (cover letter, resume & grade report) are sent to employers to be pre-screened for interviews.
    3. Interview prospective students - Employers review the applications and decide which students they would like to interview.
    4. Selection of the candidate - Employers notify the Co-op office of the student(s) they wish to hire and the Co-op office relays the offers to the students.

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