Recently, The Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA) found talent leaders in their industry were experiencing a gap when it came to ‘work-ready’ talent. At the same time the Business/Higher Education Roundtable, who work to support young Canadians as they transition from education to the workplace, announced their goal ‘to make work-integrated-learning a fundamental part of the Canadian undergraduate experience for 100% of students’ and approached TFSA to lead a WIL pilot project in Financial Services.
Recognizing the need, TFSA accepted the challenge and created the ground-breaking sector wide initiative, ASPIRE. This initiative boldly aspires to connect students to 10, 000 Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experiences in financial services by the end of 2020. WIL opportunities range from structured work experiences like co-ops and paid internships, through to capstone and research projects. All WIL experiences are designed to include meaningful student and employer interaction and result in performance feedback, course credit and remuneration.
ASPIRE is open to all students attending postsecondary institutions in Canada who are legally able to work and are returning to school the next semester. So, if you are currently studying in Canada and would like to access exciting paid, structured and challenging opportunities in Financial Services, you are eligible to sign up.
Western is proud to partner with ASPIRE to help shape the future of Financial Services. If you are looking to launch a career in Financial Services, ASPIRE is a great pathway to follow. To access and apply to these WIL opportunities, visit: http://www.aspirefs.ca/