From a matchmaking service for employers and graduates, to tracking the success of graduates in the job market, and joint job fairs, universities and colleges are partnering to enhance employment success for graduates.
Ontario colleges and universities are members of the Magnet network, which offers innovative technology to connect job seekers with employers based upon skills, preferences and talent needs. The collaborative network is also a unique source of real-time labour market information for decision-makers and community planners. Magnet’s goal is to address unemployment and underemployment specifically as it relates to youth, new immigrants, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and other individuals facing barriers to employment. Magnet is a not-for-profit social innovation founded by Ryerson University, in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.
The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario along with universities and colleges in Ontario collaborate to think about work-integrated learning. Topics discussed include how to prepare students for the demands of today’s changing workforce as well as the barriers they face in accessing work-integrated learning opportunities.
Ontario colleges and universities participated in a research project through the Education Policy Research Initiative (EPRI), which tracked labour market outcomes of college (diploma) and university (bachelor’s) graduates from 2005 to 2013. Funded by Employment and Social Development Canada and undertaken in partnership with Statistics Canada, the study found that bachelor’s degree graduates’ annual earnings grew by 66 per cent between 2005 and 2014. Diploma graduates’ earnings grew by 59 per cent during the same period.
Partnerships for Employment is a collaborative effort between the University of Guelph, University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College that serves students, alumni and employers through a sponsorship of annual career and job fairs.
Students from Lakehead University and Confederation College can receive business development support, attend workshops and seminars, and pursue opportunities for networking and mentorship thanks to a combined on-campus entrepreneurship activities program called PIE – Partners in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Carleton University, the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College have collaborated with the Ontario Centres of Excellence and Invest Ottawa to deliver outreach, training, education, mentorship, incubation and acceleration, with the goal of making Ottawa an attractive place to start and grow a business in Canada.
The University of Windsor and St. Clair College partner annually to host a recruitment event for students and graduates. Each year, companies actively recruiting for employment or volunteer opportunities are invited to take part and hundreds of students and alumni have attended over the years.
Ryerson University, Centennial College and George Brown College schools of nursing share a central clinical placement office to coordinate all aspects of student clinical placements. The program’s placement options take advantage of the extensive opportunities available in the GTA. More than 250 placement opportunities are available in 35 hospitals and 200+ traditional and non-traditional health settings.