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What are the benefits of accepting a St. Lawrence College placement student?

TAKING SOMEONE AS A PLACEMENT STUDENT IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO EVALUATE THEIR POTENTIAL AS A FULL-TIME EMPLOYEE.

Read about the benefits in our About Placements Flyer (pdf) 

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 1.  FIND FUTURE EMPLOYEES
We have over 7,000 students all looking to make a difference! Employers can leverage taking placement students as a year round recruiting tool. Placements are available at different times of the year depending on the program and SLC has over 80 programs - that means plenty of choice and flexibility. Implementing a placement program provides you an ongoing pipeline of future full-time employees. For many, the process of recruiting and hiring is a drain on company resources. Our solution: raise your corporate profile at the College. Appeal to tomorrow’s staff members when they’re looking for placement, and all you have to do is choose the best of the bunch when it comes time to hire. Moreover, our campuses are viral communities. This means if your organization impresses one class of students, word will quickly spread. Soon you’ll find the most sought-after student talent is interested in working with you.

 2.  TEST-DRIVE THE TALENT
It’s a human resources reality: A new employee makes a solid impression in the interview, but then just doesn't gel with your current team or your company’s way of doing things. Because of this, hiring someone as a placement is the most effective way to evaluate their potential as a full-time employee. When you “try out” candidates, you make fewer mistakes when it comes to full-time staffing; you avoid the pitfall of training a new hire, only to find out they’re not a fit for your organization…or that the entry-level employee doesn't like the field. Developing an ongoing placement program lets you benefit from added manpower, while more accurately assessing candidates.

 3.  INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY
Speaking of additional manpower, setting up a placement program allows you to take advantage of short-term support. The extra sets of hands help your employees be moreproductive, prevent them from becoming overburdened by side projects, as well it frees them up to accomplish more creative high impact tasks.

 4.  INCREASE EMPLOYEE-RETENTION RATE
The proof for the test-driving theory is in the positive employee-retention figures: According to the NACE’s 2012 Experiential Education Survey, almost 40% of employers reported a higher five-year retention rate among employees they’d hired via their placement programs.

 5.  ENHANCE PERSPECTIVE
It’s not just the extra sets of hands that make students beneficial. New people bring with them novel perspectives, fresh ideas, and specialized strengths and skill sets. Students can augment
the abilities of your professional workforce and are usually happy to share new technology solutions or new methods. 50% of our students have come back to college from work or from university experience.

 6.  GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY
85% of Eastern Ontario’s businesses employ less than 25 people. As a small business, you likely rely on community support. Creating a placement program is an excellent way to give back. Hiring interns not only helps students in your community get started; it enhances the local workforce as a whole.

 7.  MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A STUDENT'S LIFE
Placements provide students numerous advantages: They gain experience, develop skills, make connections, strengthen their resumes, learn about a field, and assess their interest and abilities. Offering a placement is particularly beneficial, because it enables economically disadvantaged students to participate – those who are less affluent often find jobs based on meritocracy not their family network. Why not help a student that deserves a great opportunity and inspire them.

LEARN MORE BY CONTACTING:

Jarrie Burns
Manager, Student Placement Program
jburns@sl.on.ca

(613) 544-5400 Ext. 1521