All NSCC programs require a component of work-integrated learning where students can apply their trained skills on the job. Employers like you can benefit greatly from taking on an NSCC student.
Benefits of hiring students
- Work-ready students for extra support during busy periods of the year or for special projects.
- Opportunities to evaluate and identify potential future employees as part of your long-term recruitment strategy.
- Fresh perspectives that students bring to your workforce.
- Opportunity to foster the next generation of employees by providing them with valuable career-related work experiences.
- Funding is available for employers who hire students and recent grads.
Hire a student or graduate
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Types of work placements
At NSCC we offer four broad categories of work experiences that prepare students for their professional or occupational field of study. View a comprehensive Employer Work Experience Guide (PDF 361KB)
- 5 to 8 weeks (paid or unpaid)
- Field experiences provide opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and skills outside of the classroom
- Over 100 programs offer field experiences
- Most programs provide field experiences during the spring, although schedules vary by program
- Duration and term (fall/winter/spring/summer) varies depending on the program
- Professional practice is offered in the majority of our Health programs
- Professional practice is required for a professional license or designation (including clinical placement, practicums, preceptorships, etc.)
- 12 to 16 weeks (paid)
- Over 50 diploma programs offer co-op
- Co-op is mandatory in Culinary Management* and Business - Hospitality
- NSCC follows Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada guidelines
- Takes place in the spring term only
- 14 weeks (paid)
- Our International Business and Oceans Technology programs include an internship during the final term
There are a number of funding opportunities available to employers interested in hiring students and graduates.
Nova Scotia funding
- Co-op Education Incentive - provides wage assistance to Nova Scotia organizations to offer career-related work experiences to co-op students.
- Graduate to Opportunity (GTO) - provides salary contributions to employers to offset the cost of hiring a recent graduate.
- Summer Student Skill Incentive (SKILL) - provides wage assistance to non-profit organizations to create career-related summer jobs for students.
- Canada Summer Jobs - provides wage subsidies to create quality summer work for youth.
- Clean Foundation - offers funding to hire youth in the rapidly growing clean economy.
- CiCan Career Launcher Internships - provides subsidies toward a student's or graduate's salary.
- Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) - provides a variety of wage subsidies to help provide work placements for students.
Research and development funding
For information on funding specific to research and development, contact NSCC Applied Research.
Review our Work Integrated Learning - Insurance Guidelines (PDF 152KB) to learn more about student and partner/employer coverage requirements.
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