Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)
The Student Work Placement Program (SWPP; formerly known as the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program – SWILP), supports partnerships between employers and post-secondary education institutions, creating more work-integrated learning placements for students enrolled in post-secondary studies across Canada. This program is funded by the Federal Government (Employment and Social Development Canada, ESDC) and delivered by the Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace, one of 9 delivery partner organizations. The program started in June 2017 and runs for 4 years; the CCAA plans to fund 1,000 student placements over the 4 years.
Work-Integrated Learning refers to a continuum of learning opportunities ranging from structured work experience to instances where the employer engages directly with the post-secondary education institution to address a particular challenge. It can include co-op placement, internships, field placements, or applied projects to solve particular problems for employers.
See list of approved types of work placements here.
Wage Subsidies through SWPP
Employers could receive wage subsidies of up to 50% of the wage cost for each work term placement (up to a maximum of $5,000 per placement) and up to 70% (up to a maximum of $7,000 per work term placement) for first-year students and/or under-represented groups including, women in STEM, Indigenous students, persons with disabilities and recent immigrants (i.e. permanent residents).
NEW! The CCAA now has limited funding available for:
- Part-time and full-time students registered in programs other than STEM and business
- Part-time work placements
How to apply: the Employer Form
If you are an employer, especially a small or medium-sized enterprise, please complete and submit the Employer Form.
- Ensure that your students then complete the Student Form; note that the names and email addresses between the Employer and Student forms must match.
- You must have confirmed the placements with eligible student(s) before applying.
- Upon receipt of both completed forms, CCAA will contact you to confirm your eligibility for the program within 48 hours.
- If you are searching for students or interns, join the online CCAA Job Matching service for the Aviation and Aerospace industry at Magnet. You can also partner with local PSE institutions that are delivering programs in STEM and business fields.
Employers will be provided subsidies based on the net new student work placements for the current year, i.e. the number of work placements in the previous year will be used as a baseline and only applications for work placements exceeding that number will be considered.
Students eligible to the program must:
- Be registered as a full-time or part-time student in a post-secondary education (PSE) institution.
- Be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act 2; international students (persons using a Student VISA or work permit) are not eligible for the funding at this time.
- Be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.
Other SWPP funding opportunities: the Multidisciplinary Technicians (MDT) Program
As a second part of the project, CCAA is working with a consortium of companies and colleges** to develop an innovative training program which will alternate school and work terms. The program will combine skills for Maintenance Technicians with those of Avionics and Interiors Technicians, together with soft skills and business skills, to produce “Multidisciplinary Technicians”. The consortium held the launch meeting June 20, 2017. If you would like additional information about the development of the new program, please contact us.
**Consortium: Air Canada, Jazz Aviation LP, Air Georgian, KF Aerospace, Avianor Inc., Premiere Aviation, M1 Composites Technology, Hope Aero Propeller and Components, Airbase Services, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Centennial College, Fanshawe College, École nationale d’aérotechinique.
If you are a student interested in acquiring experience in the aviation and aerospace sector, you should connect with your PSE institution to see if placements are available.
Note we cannot process your application unless we have received an application from your prospective host employer AND you have received an employment offer from this employer.
If you are searching for a placement, you may wish to join the CCAA / Job Magnet online industry job matching service at Magnet, https://magnet.whoplusyou.com/lp/ccaa
If you are a PSE institution, you are encouraged to contact us to facilitate partnership opportunities with employers of all sizes. You can also reach out to local aviation and aerospace employers in your area.
Link to ESDC info page: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/work-integrated-learning.html
Questions? Contact us:
Kethy S-K Sangaré
Tel: 613-727-8272, ext. 261