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Just when you thought student placements were over for summer?

The portal for the Student Work Placement Program wage subsidy Is now open for fall and winter applications.  You can also still apply for retroactive subsidy for Summer 2020 placements

Lakehead University has developed a relationship with Magnet, a delivery partner for the federal SWPP (Student Worker Placement Program). 

Magnet is providing dedicated funding for employers to hire Lakehead University students into positions related to their field of study, either part time or full time.  

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) at Lakehead has reserved 60 wage subsidies for Faculty of Business students and additional rebates have been reserved by the Lakehead’s Office of Co-operative Education.

Employers are eligible for a rebate of 75% of wages, up to $7,500. The funding can be applied retroactively to student positions from this past summer or for positions starting this fall and winter


Next Steps:

To start the application process go to: https://swpp.magnet.today/ 

  • Please share this opportunity with your network.  
  • Please advise if your organization would like to reserve a specific number of wage rebates, which we will hold for you. Employers would still need to apply and be approved by Magnet to receive funds. Even if rebates are reserved, approval is not assured.
  • Please let us know if you are interested in attending an information session with the funder.

For non-profit organizations, WIL at Lakehead has some funds available that could be used to support the non-profit’s 25% contribution student wages.

Next Steps:

  • To start the application process go to: https://swpp.magnet.today/ 
  • Please share this opportunity with your network.  
  • Please advise if your organization would like to reserve a specific number of wage rebates, which we will hold for you. Employers would still need to apply and be approved by Magnet to receive funds. Even if rebates are reserved, approval is not assured.
  • Please let us know if you are interested in attending an information session with the funder.

More eligibility information

  • In the healthcare sector, public sector employers are eligible (an exception for this sector only)
  • Employment opportunities must be related to academic study and considered work-integrated learning (WIL). WIL in this case is defined as mentorship programs, co-op placements, practicums, applied research projects, and internships. SWPP does not require there to be a formal agreement with the University for the position to qualify.
  • Timing of placements for Summer is May 25-Aug 31, Fall Sept 1 – Dec 31, Winter Jan 1 – Mar 31.
  • The funding is stackable with non-federal government sources.
  • International students are not eligible. We have shared feedback on this eligibility criteria with the funder.

For more information, or support with SWPP applications and hiring processes, please contact me at mkleynen@lakeheadu.ca.

Sample project proposal

I had a great conversation this week with Maryann Kleynendorst of Lakehead. If you are working virutally with students – or you would like to… she works with RBC on RBC Future Student Launch

https://www.facebook.com/WILatLakehead/

 PROJECT 1: NAME OF PROJECT

10 weeks (23/hr with benefits @ 35/week)= $8050.00

Rebate at 75%= $6037.50

Actual cost= $2012.50

Oversight by XXXXXX

Key Tasks:

  • Scoping Review on xxxxxx
  • Updating xxxxx website url
  • Online survey to researchers conducting research with Indigenous peoples and universities via Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) to identify promising practices, barriers etc. at an institutional level that can support decolonizing research administration and ethics (could go through ethics for this, potential to disseminate at international partner institutions and write an article on this-student would create the survey using google forms (not disseminate and analyze)

Potential Timelines:

  • Week 1-search for literature
  • Weeks 2-4-read literature
  • Weeks 5-8-write scoping review
  • Week 9
  • Week 10
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