Ignite poster imageA session for UWindsor staff and faculty will provide information on changes to the Ignite work-study program.

Session to educate faculty and staff on changes to Ignite program

An information session for UWindsor staff and faculty will bring them up to speed on changes to the University’s work-study program.

Renamed “Ignite” and restructured as an experiential learning opportunity in 2017-18, the program will see more changes in the coming school year.

Ignite has transitioned to a wage-subsidy model and is now open to all UWindsor students in good academic standing, registered in a minimum course load, and not on a co-op work term in the semester they hold an Ignite position.

New this year, supervisors can set their own wages and will pay their students from their own departmental student casual wage account. Departments will be reimbursed a subsidy of up to $1,250 or $2,500, depending on the length of the position.

Program co-ordinator Sydney Murray of Career Development and Experiential Learning anticipates that supervisors will be happy to learn that students can start working as early as September 4 and the amount of paperwork has been reduced significantly.

“These changes will provide increased flexibility for employers, giving them the opportunity to hire a student who they believe will be the best fit for their role from a broader pool of eligible students,” she says.

Attendees will also learn of additional changes to the timeline, job proposal procedure, and student application and hiring process in one of three sessions: Thursday, June 28; Thursday, July 5; and Friday, July 13. Murray encourages all on-campus Ignite employers to send a delegate; register online.