Access Student Talent

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Do you have work that needs to get done but you don’t have the staff to do it? Or have a project that you need help with on a short term basis? If so, then perhaps a post-secondary student could help with your current talent challenges, enable more productivity and provide you with a source for innovative ideas!

The Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce (GKWCC) has partnered with the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) to continue helping small businesses connect with post-secondary students through out Access Student Talent program. Students from our educational partner schools – Conestoga College, University of Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier University – are available for a variety of work-integrated learning opportunities including co-op work terms, capstone projects, field placements, in-class projects, apprenticeships, and others!


Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I participate?

Students can bring immense value to your organization by providing you with the opportunity to:

  • add temporary resources to your organization that will enable you to be more productive
  • access innovative ideas that students bring
  • raise awareness of your organization and industry
  • build a strong talent pipeline

How will the Chamber help my small business connect to post-secondary students?

One of our team members will talk with you about your talent needs and answer any questions you have about working with post-secondary students. Based on your needs, we will connect you with the appropriate post-secondary school(s) and continue to be available to answer your questions throughout the process.

What are the ways that I can engage with a post-secondary student?

Co-op opportunities and capstone projects are just a few types of work-integrated learning opportunities your business can take advantage of. Also included under the work-integrated learning umbrella are apprenticeships, internships, interactive simulations, practicums and more. Students from a variety of programs, with a range of previous experience, are available and eager to help you!


Helpful Resources

Accessing Student Talent Webinar Series

Check out our previous webinars and stay tuned for upcoming webinars!

Check out our Latest blog posts!

Meet the Chamber’s New Co-Op Team

Create and Effective Job Posting to Hire Students

The Chamber’s New Co-op Team!

Employer Insights: Working with Students


Get Connected

Interested in learning how a student could help you? Contact Us!


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Our Educational Partners

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