What is WIL?

Work-integrated learning is a form of curricular experiential education that formally integrates a student’s academic studies with quality experiences within a workplace or practice setting. WIL experiences include an engaged partnership of at least: an academic institution, a host organization, and a student. WIL can occur at the course or program level and includes the development of student learning objectives and outcomes related to: employability, personal agency, knowledge and skill mobility and life-long learning. To learn more about the various types of WIL click here.

E-Book on WIL

Click here to download!

IJWIL Special Canadian Edition

  • CEWIL is proud to have sponsored a Canadian Special Issue of the International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning (IJWIL) focusing on the research and practice of WIL in Canada which was released in the summer of 2021.
  • CEWIL Canada alongside University of Waterloo’s Work-Learn Institute were pleased to sponsor the publication of “The practice and research of cooperative education and work-integrated learning in the Canadian context”. Lead Editors, Dr. Judene Pretti and Dr. Ashley Stirling, were instrumental in the development, creation, and dissemination of this special edition.
  • As the leader of quality WIL in Canada, CEWIL prides itself on using research-based evidence to inform its accreditation, quality standards, and best practices. Through many of the works presented in the Canadian special edition, we are pleased to see Canada continue to take its place as an innovator and leader in the field of WIL globally. Congratulations to all the authors who contributed to the work.
  • Please click here to view the issue.

Co-operative Education Recruiting Ethics

The successful recruitment of co-operative education students depends upon the collective activities of three parties: the interested employer, the co-op student, and the associated educational institution. All participants must adhere to Provincial and Federal legislation in their recruitment and employment practices. However, CEWIL (formerly the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education) supports additional guidelines concerning recruiting ethics that support the development of a mutually beneficial and fair process for all concerned.

  • Inform students, employers, and other interested parties of institutional policies and procedures.
  • Provide equal services to all students and employers.
  • Accommodate employers' reasonable requests for job postings, interview space, and presentation facilities.
  • Provide students with accurate information on all recruiting employers.
  • Notify the employer of any hiring limitations prior to them conducting interviews.
  • Notify employers of any students who, after being hired, are not academically eligible to continue in their program.

Download a complete copy of Recruiting Ethics - Employer, Student, Institution.

WIL Resources for all