Summer Students are a great idea!
Have you thought of bringing these young people into your company in between school years or for a coop term? It’s an extremely valuable and inexpensive way to recruit, train, and maintain talent for employers. These young and motivated students bring fresh new attitudes to the workplace. They are optimistic about their future careers and are eager to make a positive impact for their employers. Introducing enthusiastic guys and girls into your company can have a positive effect on morale and encourage a culture of learning. This will increase your competitiveness in the market as students can bring creativity, innovation, and relevant skills in new technologies to the workplace. Not to mention they bring youth and fun! Ultimately, it is important for employers to recognize that students are not just a source of inexpensive labour, but an opportunity to develop future professionals.
Ideally, you want to hire students after their second year for a four month work term. By this time, they’ve gained some maturity and knowledge through academics and are eager to start applying both. You want to build loyalty and enthusiasm with your students by the end of the work term so they are eager to come back to work for you again during their breaks. Eight months of inexpensive training ensures your future employees are not only up to date on your industry trends but also understand the unique values and culture of your workplace. In order to ensure your students remain loyal to your company, pay and treat them like employees. Unpaid students are a no-no and simply take advantage of eager students who want to work hard and gain more experience to leverage future employment opportunities. If you treat these students like part of your company and pay them fairly, they will be on your doorstep at the end of the next year.
These students now become a valuable asset to your company as they have the benefit of education and work experience. Steward your students though their education all the way to graduation, if you’ve done your job they will be anxious to join your team. You will have a new hire that is a step ahead of anyone else.