Employer Benefits

Discover Lakehead University’s Co-operative Education Program, and become a co-educator today!

Hiring a co-op student provides you, as the employer, many benefits and incentives:

Reduced Recruitment and Hiring Costs

  • Enjoy access to a year-round supply of highly motivated and capable students from many different disciplines to perform specific tasks or projects
  • Select from a group of applicants who have already met above average academic requirements and have completed some post-secondary training as well as some preparation for operating effectively in the workplace
  • Students can be employed for work terms of 4, 8, 12, or 16 months (depending on the program) and may be available for up to 4 consecutive work terms
  • A cost-effective means of evaluating future employees – an extended interview

Effective Human Resource Management

  • Meet short-term needs due to vacation schedules, transfers, promotions, training commitments, peak work loads or special projects by hiring co-op students
  • Ability to increase effective utilization of permanent employees and an opportunity for employee development in the area of (co-op student) supervision
  • Co-op students bring enthusiasm and a host of new ideas and approaches which can have a positive effect in the workplace

Investing in Our Future

  • Share in the training and development of our students to help them become productive members of society and potential leaders
  • Considered co-educators as employers provide learning opportunities beyond the bounds of the classroom
  • Co-operative Education provides the opportunity for employers to directly influence the educational process; suggestions on how to make curriculum more relevant or improve the pre-employment training are encouraged
To find out more or discuss the potential benefits to your organization, please contact the Employer Relations & Co-op Advisor at coopadvisor.ssc@lakeheadu.ca or 807-343-8010 ex 7190