Growing Your Business

Fulfill Your Hiring Needs by Tapping into Regional Student Talent


Are you trying to find employees for your business but struggling? Not sure where to go next? If you are a small to medium business in BC, tapping into regional student talent could support your hiring needs while providing a learning experience for a student!

The Interior & Northern Work Integrated Learning (INWIL) Initiative provides easier access to expand your talent pool by connecting small to medium businesses with co-op students from UBC Okanagan, Thompson Rivers University and the University of Northern British Columbia. Co-op not only provides great support for fulfilling an organization’s short term hiring needs, but also provides the opportunity for employers to explore future long-term talent for their organization.

On February 2022, as we hosted Jessi Guercio (he/him) from Thompson Rivers University and Dawn Sheldon (she/her) from UBC Okanagan to help you uncover how you can open the door to cost-effectively hiring to increase capacity of your business while contributing to a future skilled workforce.

In this session we discussed:

  • How to tap into regional student talent from 100+ academic programs through the INWIL initiative
  • Different grant and funding options available to you as a small or medium-sized business for hiring co-op students
  • What employer resources and supports are available through the INWIL initiative to engage student talent
  • How hiring Co-op students builds meaningful and engaging learning experiences that can positively impact your organization’s goals and objectives and contribute to long-term regional economic development

While INWIL names the Interior and Northern BC, this initiative is open to businesses based in all regions across BC. Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Co-op students in second year and up, from all different academic backgrounds, are keen to jump in head first and tackle projects, complex problems, or assist in filling a short-term (4-12 month) gap within your organization.

Facilitator: Danielle Andrews, Outreach Officer WeBC


  • Jessi Guercio (he/him), Employer Liaison Coordinator at Thompson Rivers University
  • Dawn Sheldon (she/her), Marketing & Engagement Project Coordinator at UBC Okanagan