Lethbridge College has more than six decades of experience giving students learning experiences that translate directly into careers.
A 2018 survey found 95 per cent of employers were satisfied or very satisfied with the Lethbridge College graduates they hired. We believe this satisfaction rating is a reflection of the priority we place on giving students the chance to apply learning in workplace settings.
Work-integrated learning, often referred to as WIL, provides students with hands-on experiences where they can put their classroom theory into practice, build a professional network and hone professional skills.
Work-integrated learning varies from program to program. It can be an apprenticeship, work experience, a practicum, or a field work placement. It can also be a volunteer opportunity or a class project. In its simplest form, it is a partnership between Lethbridge College, a student, and an industry where reciprocity exists.
- Experience. Students gain practical, hands-on experience in their chosen field and have opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills in a professional setting. Students will be job ready because they’ll have already had a taste of the job.
- Employability. Students with relevant work experience are attractive to employers.
- Networking. Students connect with industry professionals and build their networks. This can lead to new job opportunities, mentorship relationships and valuable connections for future career growth.
- Industry knowledge. Students gain a better understanding of the industry, its trends and the skills that are in high demand. This insight can help students to make informed decisions about their careers and to develop the skills to support future success.
- Deeper learning. Students can deepen their understanding of classroom materials by applying what they know in a workplace setting. This makes classroom knowledge even more relevant and meaningful to their future careers.
- Access to talent. Employers will meet students who are motivated, educated and eager to gain experience in their chosen field.
- New ideas and fresh perspectives. Employers can benefit from the skills, knowledge and energy of students. This perspective can help to increase productivity and drive innovation.
- Cost-effective talent development. Work-integrated learning programs offer a cost-effective way for employers to invest in the development of their future workforce. They are provided access to students who are diversely talented and highly motivated, reducing recruitment costs.
- Increased employee retention. By identifying and nurturing talent from an early stage, employers can increase employee retention and reduce the cost of employee turnover.
- Relationship building. Employers who participate in WIL are investing in relationships with the College and the broader community. This relationship supports an employer’s reputation as a responsible and engaged member of the community.
- Capacity building. Students are a resource for employers and their work can help to create capacity for other employees to take on additional tasks.