College students with disabilities are a great source of talent, but may face barriers to employment. SenseAbility’s Life After School College pilot project is designed to address some of these barriers.
Why this program is important
Life After School is a program created to meet the needs of employers who understand the value of and are seeking a pathway to hire youth with a disability. Life After School is a job-matching technology and experiential learning pilot where students demonstrate that they have the skills you need. This ensures that every candidate you interview has the ability to do the job. It’s your very own talent pipeline for youth with a disability.
Why work-integrated learning
Work-integrated learning has been called the “Future of Learning” for good reason. Learners apply their current skills and knowledge in a workplace, accelerating learning while bridging the gap between theory and practice. It builds soft skill development like communication, analytical and problem-solving skills. In short, students apply their knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to a work environment.
We live in an era of unprecedented change and technological innovation. Lifelong learning and adrenalized adaptability are constants in this turbocharged environment. How then to prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s employees, producers and citizens? You are looking for college students and graduates that have the skills needed to succeed in the workplace.
Work-integrated learning changes everyone’s perceptions and attitudes about what youth with disability are able to do. This is critical in building a diverse workforce, especially when working with groups that have not typically been included in the labour market, such as people with disabilities. Life After School is a unique online platform and work-integrated learning placement that delivers a diverse talent pipeline from school to your business while building your company’s ability to work with, and manage, diverse candidates.
- Inexpensive channel to develop a diverse pipeline of future employees
- Low risk way to train and evaluate prospective employees (“a working interview”)
- Builds current employees’ comfort and capacity in working with a diverse range of individuals
- Raises visibility as an inclusive employer and foster community relationships
Have a look at the Life After School – College toolkits:
- Life After School Employer Toolkit/College (PDF)
- Life After School Student Toolkit/College (PDF)
- Life After School Educator Toolkit/College (PDF)
About our college partners
Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology
At Durham College (DC), the student experience comes first. With campuses in Oshawa and Whitby and a learning site in Pickering, the college offers more than 13,600 full-time post-secondary and apprenticeship students access to more than 140 full-time and eight apprenticeship programs in a number of different disciplines, enabling them to develop the skills required to meet the demands of today’s job market. The college has also launched its first four-year degree program, the Honours Bachelor of Health Care Technology Management, in September 2018.
The Oshawa campus features the state-of-the art Student Services building and the Centre for Collaborative Education, a legacy project tied to DC’s 50th anniversary in 2017. The newly-opened facility brings together local, Indigenous and global communities, providing a new home for several of the college’s most innovative and ground-breaking programs.
The Whitby campus features the award-winning W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, which includes Bistro ’67, a full-service, teaching-inspired restaurant, and Pantry, a retail store featuring food prepared by students in the college’s culinary programs. For more information, visit durhamcollege.ca.
Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
Established in 1967, Humber College is a global leader in polytechnic education. Combining in-depth theoretical learning and hands-on experience with applied research and extensive industry connections, Humber provides career-focused education to 33,000 full-time and 23,000 part-time and continuing education students across three campuses. The college offers a comprehensive range of credentials including honours undergraduate degrees, postgraduate certificates, diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates. More than four out of five Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. For more information, visit humber.ca.
Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology
Combining career and professional skills training with theoretical knowledge, Seneca’s expert faculty provide a polytechnic education to 30,000 full-time and 60,000 part-time students. With campuses in Toronto, York Region and Peterborough and education partners around the world, Seneca offers degrees, graduate certificates, diplomas and certificates in more than 300 full-time, part-time and online programs. Seneca’s credentials are renowned for their quality and respected by employers. Co-op and work placements applied research projects, entrepreneurial opportunities and the latest technology ensure that Seneca graduates are highly skilled and ready to work. For more information, visit senecacollege.ca.
For further information regarding Life After School please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life After School/College is a pilot program created through the collaboration of Canadian Business SenseAbility, its college and employer partners and is funded in part through the Career Ready Fund Stream 2 of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Government of Ontario.