17 Apr Joint Publication on Student Employability
Joint Publication on Student Employability
Student organizations across Canada have released a joint publication on student employability titled Shared Perspectives: A Joint Publication on Preparing Students for the Workforce.
This publication features student perspectives on several issues in post-secondary education, including employability, skills development, and experiential learning opportunities. It includes contributions from the Alberta Students’ Executive Council (ASEC), the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA), the College Student Alliance (CSA), the New Brunswick Student Alliance (NBSA), the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA), Students Nova Scotia (StudentsNS), and the University of Prince Edward Island Student Union (UPEISU).
“This document highlights that student employability is a country-wide concern,” says UPEISU Vice President Academic and External Emma Drake. “In PEI, specifically, the youth employment rate was 10.7% in September 2018.”
Shared Perspectives identifies challenges and opportunities encountered by post-secondary students on national and provincial levels. It draws on student experiences on campus and emphasizes the importance of collaboration to provide post-secondary students with a strong foundation to succeed after graduation. The partners in this publication believe this joint report helps further the conversation on student employability, skills development, experiential learning opportunities, and how best to prepare students for the workforce.
“Experiential Learning is one of the most effective tools in providing students with skills to face an increasingly competitive workforce,” further elaborates Emma Drake. “It is something we have advocated for, and will continue prioritizing.”
Shared Perspectives: A Joint Publication on Preparing Students for the Workforce is a joint report from seven partners, representing over 570,000 students. The full document is available on the UPEISU website here.