8 Resources To Make Hiring Co-op Students A No-Brainer

Looking for eager talent with a fresh perspective to join your team? With 15 post-secondary institutions totalling more than 10,000 students in 300+ co-op programs in British Columbia, look no further than the talented students found right here in this province.

According to the 2016 TechTalentBC Report, co-ops are an effective way to prepare students for the workforce, citing that “62% of students that participated in co-ops secured full-time employment within the first three months of graduation.”

Despite the proven success of co-op programs, many smaller companies are missing out on co-op talent because they don’t feel they have the resources.

“BC’s small tech companies hire students for co-ops less frequently than large companies, in part due to the time and resources required to train co-op participants for what is perceived as only a short duration,” cites the 2016 TechTalentBC Report.

However, with so many fantastic resources out there, including a variety of grants to subsidize the financial burden, hiring students is a far more viable and effective option for filling tech roles than you may realize.

For tech companies that are looking to hire co-op students, here is a toolbox of some of those resources:


If you need funding:

If you need to find talent:

If you need additional resources:

If you have any resources that you’d like to let us know about, please contact Sydney Goodfellow.