Co-op Employers of the Year 2017

Co-op Employers of the Year 2017


[Kiewit] We love co-op students, it’s basically
an extended interview. We focus really hard on keeping our eye on the folks that
come out here, that allows us to get a real feel for their work ethic, and how they would
fit into the Kiewit culture. [RevenueWire] What I like about co-op students
here at RevenueWire is their enthusiasm, their energy, and the skillset that they bring from
their training at UVic. [Kiewit] What I really want in a co-op student
is the outside of the box thinking, we tend to get stuck in our ways and do things the
same way over and over again. [RevenueWire] RevenueWire is a payment platform,
our business is to help our customers make more money online. [Kiewit] Kiewit is a group of people that
have a similar goal in mind. We work together to solve complex problems for our clients
through engineering and construction. [BCI] We manage all of the pension and insurance
money for various parts of the public service. We have everything here—real estate, private
equity, infrastructure, renewable resources, everything, so they get an innate opportunity
to expose themselves to a lot of different areas. [RevenueWire] We hire co-op students for a
number of different specialties within in the office, everything from development, quality
assurance, to business development, to marketing. [Method Engineering] Method Engineering’s
a small firm. Our students, they come here and do all the things that we do
as full-time employees. They tend sites, they write reports, they are part of the team just
like everyone else. [Kiewit] They would do anything from staffing,
scheduling, costing, temporary construction design, really just be part of the team, we’d
fit you in like any other employee. [RevenureWire] Co-op’s been hugely valuable
for me personally, it’s given me a chance to access an opportunity that I probably wouldn’t
have otherwise had and get my foot in the door at a cool company. [Method Engineering ] Co-op—it’s given
me the confidence to know that I can become an engineer. It’s good to learn all the engineering
theory in school, but I think it doesn’t become real until you see it happen in front
of you. [RevenueWire] One of the challenges is finding
people with the right experience and one of our strategies is actually to teach right
from the ground up. [Method Engineering] We have a responsibility
to support this industry and its growth moving forward. And it gives us an opportunity to
help nurture and foster the development of these students who are going to become the
next generation of employers and hopefully people who are going to hire co-op students
as well. [BCI] To bring in this young talent, it gives
us a chance to look at them and to evaluate them and there’s going to be a constant
need for bright young people at our organization over the decades
to come.

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