Experiential Education Programs

Experiential Education Programs - Experience the Real Canada

Experiential Education Programs offer an excellent opportunity to build on your English studies by exposing yourself to real Canadian business culture. There are many options available: Practicums in professional organizations or companies, Voluntern experiences in Vancouver or across Canada, specialized tours of different workplaces, or a short-term stay on a Canadian farm - to experience nature while practising your language skills with a Canadian family. All these programs include two components: studying at inlingua Vancouver first and then participating in the Practicum, Voluntern, Career Tour, or Farmstay experience. We will help you find a rewarding experience where you will have the opportunity to speak English with Canadians in a real environment.

We currently offer 4 options for the experiential education programs:

  1. Student Practicum Program (SPP)
  2. Career Tours Program (CTP)
  3. Voluntern Program (VOL) in the City or in the Wilderness
  4. Farmstay

All of these programs are offered in partnership with Experience Education (EE) an excellent work placement coordinator in Canada.

Important notes about compensation in our Work Experience Programs:

  • All these programs are unpaid. There is no salary or economic compensation.
  • The work experience is very rewarding and beneficial for the professional development of students participating in the programs.
  • These are the only work programs available to students who register after June 1, 2014 and take part in our English courses.
  • The option to work and earn a salary is not possible for language students who register after June 1, 2014.
  • If an international student wants to earn a salary while he/she works, he/she needs to take an academic, professional or vocational training program (not a language course).
  • inlingua Vancouver will offer these programs in the near future, but as of now, our students who register after June 1, 2014 cannot earn a salary while they work.

1. STUDENT PRACTICUM PROGRAM (SPP)

inlingua Vancouver Language School - Study and Work programs

This program is our most broadly focused and most highly specialised program. This is unpaid, professional-level practicum. The program offered to international students is the same offered to Canadian university students. Because of the program’s flexibility, we are able to take students with no experience, and little education, and even lower level of English for general admin placements. While we can also take students who specialize in something very technical or specific and find placements directly related to what they do.

Conditions of the SPP - Student Practicum Program:

  • Minimum Duration: 4 weeks (plus 4 weeks or more of study)
  • Maximum Duration: 16 weeks (plus 16 weeks or more of study)
  • Age Limit: effectively 19-45
  • Education Requirement: In general, none. Specific fields may have education requirements
  • Experience Requirement: In general, none. Specific fields may have experience requirements
  • Language Requirement: Lower intermediate English and above
  • Placement areas: Zone 1 and Zone 2 in Metro Vancouver.
  • Registration and placement timeline: 4 weeks – students must be registered 4 weeks in advance of their start date, in order to be guaranteed an on-time placement.

Placement Options: You can do your practicum in any field related to your studies provided that you meet basic program requirements. Some of those fields include:

The practicums are possible in many professional areas, except those regulated by licences (medicine, veterinary, law practice, among others).

This program is ideal for professionals who want to practice their English and learn about the professional labour market in Canada.

Study and Work: Students need to study for one month minimum and then the practicum will be for the same period of time.

Compensation: There is no economic compensation. You will work on average 40 hours per week.

Price: Total cost of 750 Canadian dollars, plus the tuition fees of the English course you choose to study.

Placement services included:

  • resume writing assistance
  • interview preparation
  • guaranteed practicum placement: Our work coordinator, Experience Education, has a 99% success rate in placing practicum students with host companies. We achieve this success rate by being choosy about the students we accept. However, once we do accept you, rest assured that you will have a practicum in your field, by your start date, or you will receive a 100% refund of all program fees.
  • ongoing monitoring and support: Once you are placed we monitor your placement closely and are there to ensure that you have learning opportunities that allow you to complete your university requirements. If there are any issues, we are there to mediate between you and the host, and even move you to a new host if necessary. 

Placement Process:

  • Once you are accepted into the Student Practicum Program, you will be assigned to a placement coordinator.
  • Your coordinator will be with you throughout your practicum.
  • He or she will assist you with drafting a new resume, they will do interview preparation with you, and they will notify you of your practicum interview times and give you detailed information about your prospective host company.

Students can upgrade to this program or from this program to other program once they are in Vancouver by paying the difference, as long as they meet the other program requirements.

Student Practicum Program accepts students year round.

To register in the Student Practicum Program, please complete the SPP registration form along with the required documents.

2. CAREER TOURS PROGRAM (CTP)

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  • The Career Tour Program allows students to experience the Canadian work environment.
  • Our coordinator, Experience Education (EE) arranges structured, guided half day, full day, or recurring visits to companies.
  • Tours are packaged to combine numerous elements including observation and in some cases, hands-on work.
  • Students will meet people involved in a targeted field, tour businesses, and depending on the field: see a baseball game, eat a gourmet meal, assist with a business project, and more.
  • Career tours is an experiential program. It gives students an added opportunity to practice their English in a real social context.
  • There is no economic compensation for participation in the tour(s).
  • Transportation not included. EE tour leader included.
  • Register at least 6 weeks in advance of the desired start date.
  • English at a lower intermediate level or above.
  • Aged 19 and above for individual tours.
  • It is a tourism program, not a language coop program.
  • Students may join a Career Tour with a Visitor’s Permit. No work permit or study permit required .

Tour Options (Package tours are customizable):

Arts and Culture Tour :

  • Each of Canada’s major cities has a rich and changing cultural scene.
  • Depending on the time of year, students will visit art galleries, a theatre, or even a film studio.
  • There they will tour the operations part that tourists never see, they will meet people involved in the production or curation of arts and culture, and listen to them explain how their careers work, and how someone enters their industry in Canada.
  • After the visit behind the scenes, students may take part in a guided tour, or stay for a show (depending on the specific venue).
  • Arts and Culture Tours are also available as recurring tours along the Business tour Model (see below).
  • Individual or Groups. Max Group Size: 15.
Prices Tour Fee Per Person Supplement
Group 575 80
Individual recurrent 750  

Business Tour :

  • These are recurring tours, done individually.
  • Students are taken to a company in a business administration field such as finance, marketing, accounting, international trade, and there they spend a half day, 3 days per week, observing business operations.
  • This is done during their period of studies, in the afternoons, after class.
  • Students complete observation assignments designed by EE to direct their tour of the premises.
  • Observations last 4 weeks, for a total of 12 visits.
  • At the end of the visits, students will complete an observation report on targeted business language, and Canadian business culture.
  • During the visits the student may be asked to assist with some clerical chores.
  • This description refers to Individual Recurring Tours.
  • Specialized non-recurring business tours are available to groups of up to 15 students, though with no hands-on component.
Prices Tour Fee Per Person Supplement
Group 575 0
Individual recurrent 750  

Culinary Tour :

  • Experience Canadian real Canadian cuisine very every angle.
  • Tour a restaurant, go behind the scenes with a chef.
  • Learn about their cooking styles, how they select their ingredients, and what’s involved in becoming a chef in Canada.
  • After take part in a cooking demonstration, and then sit down for a prix fixe meal of the finest local food.
  • Individual or Groups. Max Group Size: 8.
Prices Tour Fee Per Person Supplement
Group 575 200
Individual recurrent 575  

Engineering Tour :

  • Engineering is a broad field and includes things such as cutting edge green technology, traditional auto and airplane manufacturing, as well as companies working to design machines for everyday use.
  • During an Engineering Tour, students will visit companies in the manufacturing sector, tour factories, see how machines are made, and then take part in a talk by a senior engineer who will talk about who their products are manufactured, and how their career works in Canada.
  • Engineering Tours are also available as recurring tours, along the Business Tour model (see above).
  • Individual or Groups. Max Group Size: 8.
Prices Tour Fee Per Person Supplement
Group 575 0
Individual recurrent 750  

Nature and Environment Tour :

  • Canada is known for its nature and wildlife.
  • In the Nature and Environment Tour, students will meet the people who protect and help that nature to survive.
  • Students will visit a wildlife sanctuary, or a nature preservation and restoration site.
  • There they will tour operations, and listen to a scientist in the field discuss the challenges facing Canada’s environment, what they do in their jobs, and how students can enter their career and how that career impacts the world. Individual or Groups.
  • Max Group Size: 15.
Prices Tour Fee Per Person Supplement
Group 575 0
Individual recurrent 575  

Sports Tour :

  • Canada is home to professional sports teams in baseball, basketball, hockey, football, and soccer as well as numerous minor league franchises.
  • Sports Tours will expose students to teams and sports venues generally at the minor league level, but also with some major leagues depending on the season.
  • Students will tour a sports venue, there they will meet a member of the team’s business staff and learn about careers in sports management.
  • Individual or Groups. Max Group Size: 15.
Prices Tour Fee Per Person Supplement
Group 575 80
Individual recurrent 575  

 

Tour Arrangement:

Arrangement for Individual Tours

  • Students need to register 4 weeks in advance of their desired tour date.
  • Students need to complete the CTP registration form along with their resume (if available) to register in the Career Tour Program.
  • Our coordinator, EE, then arranges a meeting with the student to discuss their program selections.
  • After this the tour is arranged.
  • For business tours, an initial meeting may be required between the student and company.

Arrangement for Group Tours

  • Group Tours are typically arranged as part of the group registration process with inlingua Vancouver.
  • Groups need to register at least 4 weeks in advance
  • Please complete the CTP registration form to register in the Career Tour Program.
  • Special details about the group and any special requests need to be informed as early as possible.

Note: All tours are exclusive to our school. inlingua Vancouver students will not be mixed with groups of students from other schools.

For customized individual or group tours, all prices will be determined in advance. Please contact us if you have specific questions.

 

3. VOLUNTERN PROGRAM (VOL)

  • Voluntern is an unpaid, full time placement with a federally registered charity in BC, Alberta, Ontario, or Quebec.
  • Voluntern is a term used by our coordinator Experience Education.
  • Voluntern is hands-on meaningful work, where the Voluntern student contributes to the community while also building their skills set and improving their language.
  • It is structured, full-time work in a city or wilderness setting.
  • City Placements available in: Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal.
  • Wilderness placements available in: BC Interior & Rockies, and rural Vancouver Island.
  • It is possible in 3 different categories of fields: Community Services, Wildlife Protection, and Environmental Conservation.
  • Minimum placement is 4 weeks, maximum placement is 16 weeks. Longer placements are available on request.
  • Students are required to work between 16 and 30 hours per week in city placements.
  • Voluntern is a tourism program: Voluntern, like all experiential programs, gives students an added opportunity to practice their English in a real social context. However, it should not be considered a language program or a language coop program.
  • Students must speak English at an intermediate level or above.
  • Participants Age: 19 and above.
  • Wilderness placement students must be physically fit as the work can be strenuous.
  • It requires a C50 Charity visa.

Visa:

  • For visa purposes, all placements are restricted to federally registered charities only.
  • Students may do a Voluntern Program with a C50 Work Permit. From Canada’s FW1 ‘Foreign Worker Manual’: Canadian interests: Charitable or religious work R205(d), C50 R205(d) LMO exemption applies to charitable or religious workers who are carrying out duties for a Canadian religious or charitable organization [...] A charitable worker is usually taking a fulltime position, and may be engaging in a competitive activity; an activity which meets the definition of 'work' even though there may be nominal remuneration. Source: CIC website - Temporary Foreign Worker Program
  • Please note that the C50 is not part of the International Student Program. Recent changes to that program have no effect on the C50.
  • The C50 is not a 50:50 visa, and no study component is required. This means that students can study for any length of time to take part in a C50 Voluntern placement.
  • The C50 is an employer specific visa, so participants can only work for the assigned host.
  • Students cannot work a part-time job on the side.

Placement Options:

  • Voluntern placements are based around “projects” special groups of tasks that are arranged specifically for the program participant to do.
  • At the same time, participants will have some smaller administrative support tasks.
  • While fields can’t be tailored, projects can be to a limited extent.

Placement fields:

  • Community Services : Placements with public service organizations and advocacy organizations. Examples include: seniors’ centres, care centres for special needs individuals, some publicly owned tourist destinations, community outreach groups that help the poor and people with addictions.
  • Wildlife Protection : Placements with organizations focused on wildlife protection and restoration. Examples include: organizations helping injured and orphaned animals recover.
  • Environmental Conservation : Placements with organizations doing environmental advocacy and hands on restoration work in the wilderness. Examples include: carbon offsetting societies, organizations that promote awareness of climate change, organizations working on restoring wetlands.

Onsite Accommodation:

  • Accommodation is provided for students on wilderness placements. This accommodation is free of charge, and is full board. Accommodation is often shared in a hostel style setting, with 2 or more beds in a room (though in some locations there could be private accommodation).
  • Students have access to kitchen facilities and have a shared washroom. Wilderness locations are remote, so there is very seldom access to shops. These may not be ideal placements for students with very specialized dietary needs.
  • Accommodation is not provided for students doing their placements in a city.

Placement Process:

  • Voluntern placements are all ‘pre-placements’.
  • Students must be placed and apply for their visa before they come to Canada.
  • Students can turn down a placement. Here is the process from start to finish.
  • Step 1: 12 weeks or more before placement, student completes the Voluntern application form and submits it to Experience Education EE through inlingua Vancouver. Students must choose from the list provided on the program application form. Forms with other fields written in will be rejected, with no chance to reapply.
  • Step 2: EE arranges a Skype consultation with the student. During the consultation a ‘Voluntern Participant Profile’ is completed. EE will use this profile when speaking to hosts. EE will follow up the consult with a ‘welcome email’ which includes a resume template.
  • Step 3: EE locates a matching voluntern placement and arranges a meeting time for the student and host to discuss the potential match. If the match is great for both sides, the placement is confirmed.
  • Step 4: EE sends the student a placement agreement, and an offer letter from the host company. The student uses the offer letter to apply for their C50 visa, using a regular work permit application form. The offer letter includes a standard paragraph noting the type of visa exemption to be used.

Cost $900. Price includes placement only. Transportation is not included.

Refund policy:

  • Our standard refund policy applies for Voluntern students.
  • Partial refunds (less a $300 administration fee) are available for students withdrawing before being matched with a Voluntern Host.
  • Once matched, no refund is available excepting for visa denial.
  • If a visa is denied, a new placement will be arranged, or the student given the option of withdrawing with a partial refund.

Note: In the Voluntern Program there is no economic compensation. Students cannot work a part-time job on the side.

To register, please fill out the Voluntern application form at least 12 weeks in advance of your arrival in Canada.

4. Farmstay

  • Farm work and accommodation placements in BC, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec.
  • All placements are in farms, far from cities, and students will not be able to commute from a city to their farmstay.
  • Minimum placement is 2 weeks, maximum placement is 4 weeks with a visitor’s visa. Longer placements (at a single farm or consecutive) are not available.
  • All placements are unpaid.
  • Students are required to work between 15 and 25 hours per week to help offset the cost of their stay.
  • Students must be registered at least 6 weeks in advance of their start date.
  • 6 types of placement to choose from all on family farms (aka ‘hobby’ farms).
  • Placements available year round at most locations, apart from a December/January blackout period.
  • Please complete the Farmstay application form to register at least 6 weeks in advance of the desired start date.

Placement Options

  • For visa purposes, all placements are restricted to family farms, or what are also called hobby farms.
  • These are farms that generally do not hire employees, who have smaller crop yields, and small acreages.

Type of Farms: Placements are available on the following types of farms

  1. Vegetable / Fruit Farm : Small farms specializing in mixed vegetables or fruits. Includes orchards.
  2. Poultry Farm : Farms raising chickens, turkeys, and geese.
  3. Arts/Crafts / Artisanal Food Processing : Farms specializing in production of small craft foods or craft products like certain types of jam, or specialized lamb, or heirloom vegetables.
  4. Mixed Farms (animals and produce) : These are typical ‘family’ farms that students would be used to seeing in TV and movies. They include a small collection of animals, and a medium sized patch of crops.
  5. Ranches : Cowboy placements, usually done on a small guest ranch. Occasionally done on larger cattle ranches. Students must have experience with horses.
  6. Vineyards : Small hobby vineyards producing regional wines.

Sample Work

Types of duties a student will have will depend on the sort of farm at which they are placed, the month they arrive, and any special requests they or the host have made.

Depending on what type of farm the student is placed at, their farmstay duties can include (but are not limited to):

  • Gardening
  • Harvesting
  • Caring/Feeding for Animals
  • Cleaning/Maintenance
  • Household accommodation duties

Important: Every farmstay placement experience is labour-intensive and requires the student to be physically fit and active.

Requirements

  • Students must be physically able to perform farm work (this includes being able to lift 20kg)
  • No animal or wild grass or pollen allergies
  • English at a lower intermediate level or above
  • Aged 19 and above
  • Important: Students wishing to work with horses must have previous experience, as must students wishing to work with machinery

Program Description

  • Few people see the countryside, and experience farm life.
  • Experience Education’s Farmstay Program gives international students the opportunity to do this, and to get a ‘natural’ Canadian experience.
  • In Farmstay, students are placed for a maximum of 24 weeks at a farm in the wilderness of BC, Alberta, Ontario, or Quebec.
  • There, they live with a family and assist in the day to day upkeep of their family farm.
  • Students see the great outdoors, get up close and personal with animals, and try Canadian food, fresh out of the ground.
  • While farmstay like all experiential programs, gives students an added opportunity to practice their English in a real social context it should not be considered a language program.
  • Farmstay is a tourism program.
  • Farmstay is not a coop program

Refund policy

  • Our standard refund policy applies for farmstay students.
  • Partial refunds (less a $300 administration fee) are available for students withdrawing before being matched with a farmstay family.
  • Once matched, no refund is available.

Cost $ 1400.

  • Price includes placement, plus accommodation for 2 to 4 weeks, plus one-way bus transportation (within province) to host farm.
  • For placements out of province, a small refund of $50 is provided to the student directly as a ‘transportation subsidy’.

Visas

  • Students may do a farmstay program with a Visitor’s Permit, provided the placement is 4 weeks or under.
  • From CIC's website, excerpt about Volunteer work: "There may be other types of unpaid short-term work where the work is really incidental to the main reason that the foreign student is in Canada and is not a competitive activity, even though non-monetary valuable consideration is received. For instance, if a foreign student wishes to stay on a family farm and work part time just for room and board for a short period (i.e., 1-4 weeks), this would not be considered an activity which requires a work permit."
  • We will consider students wishing to stay on a farm longer than 4 weeks, but these students must obtain a work permit before applying for the program. Available permits include the IEC permits, or SWAP permits. The duration of the farmstay placement for these students will be discussed on a case by case basis, and will take into consideration factors such as season, location, and visa obtained.

Placement Process

  • Step 1: Six (6) weeks or more before placement, student completes application form and submits it to Experience Education EE. Students must make more than 1 choice of farm type. We also request that for English-speaking students, they also make more than 1 choice of farm location.
  • Step 2: EE brings the student in for a consultation. During the consultation a ‘Farmstay Student Profile’ is completed. EE will use this profile when speaking to farmstay hosts. In some cases EE may follow up the consult with a request for additional information this is most commonly done with students who have made special requests, or students looking to work with horses.
  • Step 3: EE locates a matching farm placement and arranges a meeting time for the student and farmstay host to discuss the potential match. If the match is great for both sides, the placement is confirmed. The student is sent a ‘Farmstay Profile’ and a bus ticket with instructions on their arrival.

There is no resume produced for the program and no interview practice is done.

Program terms are also more flexible, with students able to turn down a placement.

 

Language coop programs

Important notes:

  • Registration for these programs is permanently closed.
  • New students cannot register in the language coop programs listed below due to changes in the ISP International Study Program from the government of Canada.
  • The programs listed below include the possibility of economic compensation. 
  • Language coop programs are available only to inlingua Vancouver students who registered before June 1, 2014 and received both a study permit and a coop work permit.
  • We are still listing these language coop programs only to clarify to our already registered students and with a coop work permit that they will be allowed to come and take the language coop program they were approved before June 1, 2014.
  • These same students are also allowed to renew their coop work permit in order to complete their program, but not beyond June 1, 2017.
  • The start date of the language coop program can be after June 1, 2014 as long as the student has already received the letters from the Canadian visa office.
  • IMPORTANT EXCEPTION: Students who qualify for International Experience Canada Work Permits may still be able to access SPP, and CDP programs in a combined Experience Education - Inlingua program. A list of International Experience Canada participating countries can be found here
  1. Self Placement Program (DIY)
  2. Casual Work Experience – City (CWE-C)
  3. Casual Work Experience Program – Resort (CWE-R)
  4. Career Development Program (CDP)
  5. SIP Program (SIP)
  6. Combined Placement Program (CPP)

1. Self Placement Program (DIY)

Self Placement program: Do it yourself! You will look for and arrange your own job, after taking our English lessons and learning how to complete your résumé, prepare for the interviews and go job hunting.

Here are the basics of the program: 

  • Self Placement: You will arrange your own job in order to practice your English. Most students find jobs in the service industry in cafés, coffee shops, restaurants, supermarkets, retail shops or labour and seasonal positions in downtown or the Vancouver metropolitan area. Other students go to tourist resorts or hotels
  • Minimum Duration: 12 weeks (plus 12 weeks or more of study)
  • Maximum Duration: 52 weeks (plus 52 weeks or more of study)
  • Age Limit: Effectively 19-45
  • Education Requirement: None
  • Experience Requirement: None – though it is recommended that students be able-bodied. If the student has a physical disability, he / she might find it difficult to find a job and succeed in this program
  • Language Requirement: Intermediate English and above
  • Placement areas: You will arrange your job, so you can decide to stay in Metro Vancouver or move to another city
  • Registration: Registration for this program is closed. 

Study and Work: You need to study for a minimum of 3 months and then the work experience will be for the same period of time.

Compensation: Minimum wage in the province you choose to live in. Normally, it will be around 10.25 Canadian dollars per hour, the minimum wage in the province of British Columbia from May 1, 2012. Most students find jobs and work for a minimum of 25 hours per week.

The programs below are offered in partnership with Experience Education (EE) an excellent work placement coordinator in Canada.

2. Casual Work Experience – City (CWE-C)

The CWE gives students the chance to live and work in Canada, to earn money to partially subsidize their stay and to improve their English in a real-life context. Students will work in unskilled casual positions around Metro Vancouver. Jobs are normally in cafés, coffee shops, restaurants, supermarkets, retail shops or labour and seasonal positions in downtown or the Vancouver metropolitan area. This program is ideal for young students and flexible participants willing to practice their English with workmates or clients.

Here are the basics of the program: 

  • Minimum Duration: 12 weeks (plus 12 weeks of study)
  • Maximum Duration: 52 weeks (plus 52 weeks of study)
  • Age Limit: effectively 19-45
  • Education Requirement: None
  • Experience Requirement: None – though all students must be able-bodied. If the student has a physical disability, they should not register for this program
  • Language Requirement: Intermediate English and above
  • Placement areas: Zone 1 and Zone 2 in Metro Vancouver
  • Placement timeline: 8 weeks – students must be registered 8 weeks in advance of their start date, in order to be guaranteed an on-time placement
  • Registration: Registration for this program is closed. 

Study and Work: You need to study for a minimum of 3 months and then the work experience will be for the same period of time.

Compensation: Minimum wage in the province you choose to live in. Normally, it will be around 10.25 Canadian dollars per hour, the minimum wage in the province of British Columbia from May 1, 2012. You will work for a minimum of 25 hours per week.

3. Casual Work Experience – Resort (CWE-R)

Your work experience can also be in housekeeping at tourist resorts, especially in the winter and summer seasons in beautiful places such as Vancouver Island, Banff, Rockies, BC Interior, Whistler and Muskoka (summer only).

This program gives students the chance to travel and work in Canada, to earn money to partially subsidize their stay and to improve their English in a real-life context. Students will work in unskilled casual positions at hotels in Western Canada.

Here are the basics of the program: 

  • Minimum Duration: 12 weeks (plus 12 weeks of study)
  • Maximum Duration: 52 weeks (plus 52 weeks of study)
  • Age Limit: effectively 19-40. For placements in the province of Alberta, participants aged 18 years old qualify for the CWE-Resort program. They need to be mature and be willing to work hard. 
  • Education Requirement: None
  • Experience Requirement: None – though all students must be able-bodied. If the student has a physical disability, they should not register for this program
  • Language Requirement: Intermediate English and above
  • Placement areas: Vancouver Island, Rockies, BC Interior, Ontario Muskoka (summer only)
  • Jobs: Housekeeping at the resort
  • Placement timeline: 8 weeks – students must complete all the necessary forms 8 weeks in advance of their start date, in order to be guaranteed an on-time placement.
  • Registration: Registration for this program is closed. 

Study and Work: You need to study for a minimum of 3 months and then the work experience will be for the same period of time.

Compensation: Normally, it will be around 10.25 Canadian dollars per hour, the minimum wage in the province of British Columbia from May 1, 2012. You will work for a minimum of 25 hours per week.

4. Career Development Program (CDP)

The Career Development Program (CDP) is possible in 5 different areas:

  • Information Technology,
  • Office Administration,
  • General Marketing,
  • Hospitality Management
  • Engineering (Electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering)

Here are the basics of the program:

  • Minimum Duration: 20 weeks (plus 20 weeks or more of study)
  • Maximum Duration: 52 weeks (plus 52 weeks of study)
  • Age Limit: effectively 21-45
  • Education Requirement: A degree or career-related certificate or diploma is required.
  • Experience Requirement: 1 year of recent related experience.
  • Language Requirement: Advanced English and above
  • Placement areas: Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3 in Metro Vancouver.
  • Placement timeline: 12 weeks – students must complete all the necessary forms 12 weeks in advance of their start date, in order to be guaranteed an on-time placement.
  • Registration: Registration for this program is closed. 

Study and Work: You need to study for a minimum of 5 months and then the work experience will be for the same period of time.

Compensation: You will receive a stipend (subsidy) of around 250 Canadian dollars per week or 1000 Canadian dollars per month. You will work 40 hours per week, on average.

5. SIP Program (SIP)

This program has been modified and renamed to Student Practicum Program SPP. Please see above the Student Practicum Program (SPP) for complete information.

Registration: Registration for the SIP program is closed. 

6. Combined Placement Program (CPP)

In the CPP Combined Placement Program a student will work for 4 or 5 hours in the morning in a professional practicum without compensation and then will go to a service job in the afternoons / evenings with a salary per hour. The CPP mixes a semi full-time SPP placement (20-30 hours per week) and a part-time CWE-C placement (12-16 hours per week), allowing the student to do professional work, while also earning money to subsidize their stay.

Here are the basics of the program:

  • Minimum Duration: 16 weeks (plus 16 weeks or more of study)
  • Maximum Duration: 52 weeks (plus 52 weeks of study)
  • Age Limit: effectively 19-45
  • Education Requirement: In general, none. Specific fields may have education requirements
  • Experience Requirement: In general, none. Specific fields may have experience requirements
  • Language Requirement: Lower intermediate English and above
  • Placement areas: Zone 1 and Zone 2 in Metro Vancouver.
  • Placement timeline: 8 weeks – students must complete all the necessary forms 8 weeks in advance of their start date, in order to be guaranteed an on-time placement.
  • Placement Options: Jobs and positions are the same as the SPP and CWE-C programs described before. Compensation in the CWE-C part of the program is normally around 10.25 Canadian dollars per hour, the minimum wage in the province of British Columbia from May 1, 2012.
  • Registration: Registration for this program is closed. 

Important: Students are not able to make choices of CWE-C workplaces in the CPP. They will be assigned to the nearest available workplace (of any type) to their SPP placement.