April 17, 2019
For Immediate Release
Halifax, NS – Student organizations across the country 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).
“The collaborative nature of this report demonstrates that students across the country are looking for more work-integrated learning opportunities during their studies,” said Ossama Nasrallah, Chair of StudentsNS. “Our students, especially our many international students, are looking to gain meaningful work experience throughout their studies so they can stay and start careers in Nova Scotia post-graduation.”
Shared Perspectives identifies challenges and opportunities encountered by post-secondary students on both a national and provincial level. It draws upon students’ experiences on campus and emphasizes how we must work together to provide post-secondary students with a strong foundation to succeed. Helping students succeed after graduation is an essential aspect of post-secondary education.
Our goal is for all students to have access to higher education and the ability to better their skill-set, regardless of financial position or background. 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.
“We know that students who gain work experience during their studies are far more likely to gain employment post-graduation,” said Tristan Bray, Executive Director of StudentsNS. “In the Nova Scotia context, this means that expanding experiential learning opportunities on our campuses is critical to retaining our recent graduates and building a prosperous future for our province.”
Shared Perspectives: A Joint Publication on Preparing Students for the Workforce is a joint report from seven partners, representing over 570,000 students across the country.
Read the full report here.
For more information, contact:
Tristan Bray, Executive Director