SWPP+ was designed by Food Processing Skills Canada to bring together food and beverage manufacturing industry employers, students, and post-secondary school stakeholders for quality work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities.
The program provides employers with wage subsidies to hire post-secondary students for paid work placements and students in turn benefit with quality work experience so they can secure employment in their chosen fields of study.
Many students return for permanent positions with the company after completion of their studies.
SWPP+ is supported by partners in industry and education — colleges, universities, polytechnics and Collège d'enseignement general et professionnel (CEGEP) — to deliver the following:
Did you know only 1 in 4 Canadians said they are familiar with the food and beverage processing industry?
Our research has shown that there is an increase in willingness to work in the sector once people learn more about the industry and available jobs.
Executive Director, Food Processing Skills Canada
The Government of Canada announced in Budget 2021 an additional $239.8 million for the Student Work Placement (SWP) Program to increase the number of SWP funded placements, from the planned 20,000 to 40,000, as well as extend the following temporary COVID-related flexibilities for another year in 2021-2022:
Recognizing that the pandemic has changed the way businesses operate, and as a result, post-secondary institutions (universities, colleges and polytechnics) can continue to be the employer of record to offer meaningful placements to students. Please note this measure will be in place until July 31, 2022.
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