Announced August 28 2017, the federal government is investing $73 million to promote work-integrated learning for STEM and business students. Additional help will be provided for first-year and under-represented groups, including women, indigenous students and people with disabilities.
“It is our belief that these new opportunities will have a very positive impact for students. It is […] encouraging to see government provide extra support for students in historically under-represented groups, as they tend to encounter additional barriers based on a variety of intersectional factors” said Shifrah Gadamsetti, the board chair of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA).
This program is a welcome addition to training that STEM students need to enter the work force. You can read SPE’s STEM White Paper, which reports our findings on the student perspective of STEM Education in Canada, many of whom said more work-oriented training is needed.
Read more about the training program at CASA’s website here.