Just as the public service recognizes the value of its currently established workforce, it also values the contributions and future potential of those just entering the job market. The Government of Canada maintains the FSWEP and other paid student jobs programs designed to recruit and develop the country’s future workforce:
The Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)
Work opportunities designated for full-time students (primarily secondary school students) designed to work cooperatively with the student’s schedule and provide an opportunity to earn money and build skills through gainful employment in the public sector.
Government departments and agencies that hire students include:
Canada Border Services Agency
Canadian Coast Guard
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Veterans Affairs Canada
Post-Secondary Co-op/Internship Program
The Public Service Commission of Canada (PSC) maintains a program to offer cooperative learning and earning opportunities to students enrolled in post-secondary education. It does this by approving co-op and internship programs at qualifying educational institutions and allowing public service managers to recruit students from approved academic programs. In so doing, the government ensures meaningful experiences that collaborate to enhance the educational experience. In order to be considered for paid co-op or intern placement students must register with their academic institution and follow up with campus career centers and/or notice boards.
Research Affiliate Program (RAP)
This program presents students with the opportunity to earn an hourly rate or a stipend while pursuing research in an area of interest. The program offers access to public service jobs, an opportunity to gain a working knowledge of the Canadian government and experience developing employment and career-related skills.
Student employment opportunities also carry the potential for “bridging” into gainful employment after completion of the program and/or the student’s education, making these paid starter programs a great opportunity to expand student work into a full-time career within the public sector.