October 2019


BCITSA and Riipen Partner to Provide Experiential Learning Opportunities to 300 BCIT students.

The BCIT Student Association and Riipen will join forces this fall to deliver extra-curricular experiential learning to students through a pilot funded by RBC Future Launch.

BCIT has always been a leader in providing Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experiences to students. The BCIT Student Association (BCITSA) believes that these experiences enhance student employability and help to prepare students for the working world, something very central to their vision. BCITSA believes that experiential extra-curricular learning can help students feel inspired by their education, connected with their future, and valued in their community.

“Through student executive-led initiatives, like the upcoming QDS Hackathon, and BCITSA Industry Days Career Fairs, students will be challenged to practice their career development skills and to come up with real world solutions in a competitive environment – while being judged by industry professionals on the quality of their work,” said Tara Mollett, Director of Students Services, BCITSA. The Hackathon, and other events like it, will provide students the opportunity to be challenged as they would in a job placement or through the job search process. BCITSA Career Services also intends to work with Riipen to help students learn job search skills such as interviewing skills and how to sell yourself to a prospective employer. These activities are highly beneficial to students as they start to bridge the gap between academics and the working world.

The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) also recognizes the importance of preparing youth for the future of work. Through their RBC Future Launch initiative, RBC has committed to helping eliminate the skills gap by recently funding a Riipen pilot at eight post-secondary institutions across Canada. We’re excited to announce that the BCITSA submitted a successful application to RBC and will start to work with Riipen to bring extra-curricular learning opportunities to students starting September 1, 2019.

About Riipen:

Riipen is a Vancouver-based Future of Work company with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal. Our cloud-based software enables students at accredited post-secondary institutions to engage directly with employers through meaningful work-integrated experiential learning. Riipen has enabled 30,000 of these experiences in both English and French over the past two years, with customers in Canada, the US, Australia and the UK. By moving experiential learning online, Riipen enables students from any geographical location and disciplinary background to participate; Riipen has a number of initiatives to ensure diversity and inclusion of students from a wide variety of backgrounds.

About BCITSA:

The British Columbia Institute of Technology Student Association (BCITSA or ‘SA’) is a non-profit student services and advocacy organization at BCIT with a mandate to enhance student life. Our programs and services are designed to benefit and support all 48,500+ full-time and part-time students across BCIT’s five campuses. Students lead our organization and govern the affairs of the BCITSA. Our Board of Directors is composed of 12 elected Student Executives, as well as Student Councilors from each of the different Schools at BCIT. BCITSA’s Career Services is a unique student-inspired initiative that focuses on connecting students to industry and teaching students valuable career development skills.