The Benefits of Hiring a Trent Co-op Student
While students gain the benefit of real-world career experience, there are several ways that you, as an employer, can benefit
- Gain access to a pool of talented, eager and goal-orientated individuals
Trent students are problem-solvers and critical thinkers with excellent communication skills. They are ready and eager to take on new learning experiences, which means your workplace gains a team member with fresh ideas, unique perspectives, and valuable knowledge.
- Develop and train up-and-coming talent
When you have the direct experience of working with future full-time candidates while they are still university students, you can instill core skills and expertise early on in their careers. This benefits your future recruitment and hiring efforts as you’ll have a pool of candidates who already have your preferred skills and understand your business. This can support future recruitment and hiring efforts as you’ll have a pool of candidates who have the skills you are looking for.
- Launch special projects
Co-op work terms are roughly 4 months long, giving students the opportunity to manage well-defined special projects that your other employees or full-time students do not have the capacity to take on.
- Receive federal wage subsidies and provincial tax credits
As a co-op employer, you play a central role in introducing Trent students to the professional world. To ensure a positive experience for both you and the student, we ask you to:
- Set and manage expectations on the responsibilities and duties during the work term, including helping align the student’s learning objectives and outcomes to their work.
- Offer regular coaching and mentorship to the student throughout the work term.
- Provide feedback to the Co-op Coordinator on the student’s progress throughout the work term.
- Complete an evaluation on the student’s performance near the end of the work term.
- Offer fair compensation to co-op students based on job responsibilities and current labour standards, legislation, and post-secondary policies.
Careerspace is a member of the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE) and follows the Guidelines for Ethical Recruitment.
Please refer to the Trent Employer/ Recruiter Recruitment Policy for more information.
Contact Careerspace if you have questions about designing a co-op position or hiring a Trent co-op student.