Brock Skills and Experience Enhancement HUB

Internal expressions of interest for Winter 2021 have now closed. Thank you to all those who submitted requests to support their students and community partners. We have confirmed that we will hear back from CEWIL on the success of our proposals no later than March 1, 2021. We look forward to being back in touch as soon as possible after that time.

Overview:

CEWIL Canada has created an Innovation HUB seeking to expand and enhance access to Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities for students across Canada. These experiences are aimed at connecting students with Canadian community and industry partners and applying their skills in a work-related context as part of the academic curriculum. The outcomes of the funding are to enhance and expand WIL opportunities, as well as to remove barriers for students, ensure equity, and leverage technology.

Brock will be submitting one application on behalf of all curricular WIL experiences that fall within the funding guidelines to CEWIL each term as long as the funds are available.  This funding prioritizes the following WIL types:

  • Applied Research/Community-Industry Partnered Projects

  • Community Service-Learning

  • Entrepreneurial WIL

  • Field Placements (priority to students who are not placed full-time)

Please use this webform to request support for your students and submit one form per course code. 

Students and host organizations will be required to fill out standardized experience and outcome assessments for the experience to be funded.  It is also important to note that this funding cannot be combined with any other federal funding course.  Funding can be stacked with provincial, municipal, or institutional funding.

Unfortunately, this funding is not for co-op work terms, co-curricular programming, or broader forms of experiential learning.

For additional questions, please reach out to showe@brocku.ca. 

FAQs

This call is for the Winter 2021 semester only. The internal deadline for Winter 2021 submissions is 11:59pm on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. There will be additional calls for Spring/Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 applications. 

Although the maximum funding is $1,800 per student, we may scale up/down your request to align across the intensity of all WIL types (i.e., number of hours, full-time, part-time, intensity of the student tasks) being submitted so that Brock is using consistent amounts per student WIL type.  

Full-time WIL opportunities (i.e., co-op, internships) often have had access to financial support through other funding programs, such as the Student Work Placement Program.  Any outliers, however, can submit the full-time student experience to the Brock’s Skills Enhancement and Experience Hub with the understanding that CEWIL may not approve these requests for funding.  

This funding is primarily to support students who are working with a Canadian organization, employer, or industry partner. 

Yes, PSI’s can be considered a host organization for the purposes of the iHub funding. It is important to note that applicants should clearly define the three parties in their application form. Please be as detailed as possible when indicating the host organization (Ex: University Library, Accelerator, Sports Complex, Day Care, etc…)

Community or industry partners as well as students will be required to complete an outcome-based survey on their experience before the funding will be released to students. How this is being facilitated is still being determined by CEWIL Canada. 

This funding seeks to support under-represented students and remove barriers to creative WIL opportunities. THIS IS SIMPLY YOUR BEST GUESS. Students will also have the opportunity to complete an optional self-disclosure when receiving funding

Entrepreneurship can be any partnership where a student leverages resources, space, mentorship and/or funding to advance external ideas that address real-world needs for academic credit and/or to engage in the earlystage development of business start-ups. If they aren’t working with a formal business incubator, having a community mentor can occupy the space of a formal community partner.

To be eligible for funding, community or industry partners must contribute back 20% of the resources students are giving to the partner. Some examples could include time spent onboarding students, trainingsupervising, mentoring, liaising to secure the placement, completing Brock evaluations of the student, software, PPE or other equipment.  

All submissions must have a cap at $1800 per student, which would include any stipend, project costs or materials, and thanks to their partner.   

The request can be considered, but we cannot fund capital or institutional licenses without consultation from CPI.  Website simulation platforms (if a community partner is involved) are a great example of what might be leveraged. 

Internal expressions of interest for Winter 2021 have now closed. Thank you to all those who submitted requests to support their students and community partners. We have confirmed that we will hear back from CEWIL on the success of our proposals no later than March 1, 2021. We look forward to being back in touch as soon as possible after that time.