Why is Level UP important for students?
Students benefit from paid work-based learning experiences that enhance their skills, help them form employer networks, and gain career clarity.
Many students are (still) not enrolled in programs allowing them to do a traditional work integrated learning (WIL) experience (internship, placement, coop) or a class-based Riipen WIL experience. Students deserve a chance to gain real-world experience!
Many students don't have the time or bandwidth to invest in a long-term WIL (think about the amazing people in Continuing Education!), but most students can definitely fit a 80-hr project in their agenda, especially if they have up to 8 weeks to complete it! And who doesn't want to be paid for the amazing work they produce?
How many Level UP experiences can a student participate in?
Students can participate in as many Level UP experiences as they can/want while eligible for the program.
What is not possible is for students to work on the same project, with the same organization, more than once.
Why is there a waitlist for students?
We introduced a waitlist for students on April 29, 2021. Currently, Level UP is running at full capacity and is on track to meet its goals set for March 2022. Based on the excitement and support Level UP has received to date from both students and employers, we’ve begun early work on a program expansion in order to further facilitate similar types of project-based learning opportunities. Joining our waitlist (here) is the best way to receive details as soon as they are available.
What is the eligibility criteria for students?
registered as students in Canadian postsecondary institutions, with no age limit;
Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and,
legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.
*Please note that students on temporary work permits, and international students are not eligible for the Level UP program.
Is Level UP available in French?
Yes, Level UP is available in French on the platform. All communications and marketing collaterals are also available in French.
Do students need to be enrolled in a particular course/program?
Level UP aims to break down barriers, so it is open to any eligible student irrespective of their enrolment.
How are students paid?
Students will be paid for the project in the form of a stipend. The stipend will be paid directly by Riipen upon completion of the project milestones, submission of the final deliverable, and feedback provided by the organization. Students are paid 5 business days after completing the exit survey. Please note that the 5 business days do not include weekends or holidays, and that we start counting business days the day after your exit survey is submitted.
Are students employees of the organization?
No. Students are neither employees of the organization they do a project for, nor of Riipen (who will pay their stipend). As such, students do not qualify for any benefits at either organizations. Students are also solely responsible to declare their earnings to the CRA (and will not receive T4 slips).
How can students apply to team projects if they don't know anyone?
Riipen is opening a Level UP Riipen student community (powered by LinkedIn). Students will be able to find mentorship there, but also discuss with other students and form teams for those larger projects that are more than 80 hrs and necessitate a team.
How do students apply in teams?
Students will assign one student to be the team leader who will then submit the main application, and invite the other team members to apply through a unique link.
What if my field of study doesn’t necessarily match the project stream (ex: I want to apply to a marketing project, but I am not a marketing student)?
Apply to any project you feel you have the right skills for, no matter which program you are currently enrolled in. So if you have the right skills for the project, even if it is not your program of study, feel free to apply and explain to the organization why you are the right candidate.
What if I decide to quit a project halfway, will I be paid for half the work?
Unfortunately not. Students will be paid once the project is submitted and exit survey is completed, in the form of a stipend. For that reason, students who do not fully complete the project, will not be paid.
Are organizations responsible for providing any specific software they would need students to use?
Yes! While many students have access to a lot of softwares via their institution, it is the responsibility of the organization to provide software license/access to students if required to perform the work (e.g. manufacturing, engineering roles).
Would this affect student’s eligibility for the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)?
This is up to students and their financial situation. Students must determine if receiving $1400 or more is going to go against that. CRB works per period and students would earn more doing a Level UP project than they would under CRB.