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Hiring BCIT Workplace Education (Co-op) students can be beneficial to your organization. To ensure success in the workplace for both students and employers, we recommend familiarizing yourself with the responsibilities.


  • Students have current and applied training and offer a source of fresh and progressive ideas
  • The work term can be used as an opportunity to evaluate students as potential employees
  • Hiring students reduces the cost of recruiting employees, and wages for students are a cost effective labour source
  • Employers have an opportunity to assist students in developing the skills necessary for industry success


  • Develop accurate and informative job descriptions which reflect the duties and responsibilities of the job
  • Provide meaningful employment in the student’s field of study, whereby, the student is engaged in productive work rather than merely observing
  • Establish clear learning objectives with the student at the beginning of the work term
  • Give an orientation to properly acquaint the student to their new location, organization, duties, safety procedures, and learning opportunities
  • Assume the same responsibilities as those associated with hiring any short term contract employee, including fair remuneration for the work performed
  • Demonstrate leadership to ensure the student’s performance on the job is appropriately supervised and that learning opportunities are available
  • Supply increasingly more challenging tasks, responsibilities, and learning opportunities, and provide feedback as students progress through their program
  • Complete the employer’s evaluation of the student’s performance and forward it to the Co-op Coordinator in a timely manner
  • Participate in on-site visits with the Co-op Coordinator, during the work term to evaluate the student’s work term performance and learning outcomes
  • Arrange an exit interview with the student to review their on-the-job performance, learning outcomes, and discuss plans for subsequent employment