Canadian Packaging

PAC to support Conestoga College’s Packaging Engineering Technician Program

Conestoga College’s two-year Packaging Engineering Technician Program trains students in structural design utilizing many different packaging materials.


March 11, 2020
by Canadian Packaging

PAC is proud to continue to support Conestoga College’s Packaging Engineering Technician Program. The College will soon have students looking for co-op job opportunities. Why not look at hiring an enthusiastic, knowledgeable student to help support and grow your business?

Conestoga College’s two-year Packaging Engineering Technician Program trains students in structural design utilizing many different packaging materials. Students apply theoretical knowledge and develop skills to evaluate and design characteristics, attributes, manufacturing processes, and systems & technologies associated with packaging materials through the application of engineering principles and practices.

Concepts and issues in product safety and security, durability, material selection, cost, and process are all covered in detail. Graduates of this program are prepared for employment in the manufacturing and packaging material supply industries.

Benefits of Employing Co-op Students

  • Acquire cost-effective temporary Employees for peak periods of activity, seasonal workload or short-term projects
  • Explore new employment positions without extensive investment or long-range commitment
  • Raise your organization’s profile with students and graduates as an Employer of choice
  • Evaluate candidates before consideration for permanent employment; the work/study approach to education assists employers in recruiting mature, experienced graduates
  • Familiarize prospective full-time employees with your organization, reducing orientation and training time when hiring graduates
  • Contribute to the enhanced education and training of Ontario’s future skilled workers

Co-op Process: Employer Responsibilities

  • Provide a career-related work experience that will provide duties and responsibilities related to the objectives of the student’s program of study
  • An eligible work term requires: a minimum of 420 hours and 10 consecutive weeks for a 4 month co-op (12 weeks for Degree programs)
  • Acknowledge that the student is hired in an employee-employer relationship and provide wages as negotiated between the employer and the student – and also provide WSIB or equivalent coverage
  • Be open to providing training and ongoing supervision and feedback to enhance the student’s learning,  with increased responsibility and exposure to new challenges based on the student’s program year

Employer’s responsibilities include:

  • Complete a mid- term survey evaluation on the student’s progress (we send this out via survey monkey)
  • Complete a final performance evaluation with the student
  • Communicate any workplace or student concerns to the co-op office as issues arise

Financial benefits for hiring:

Cooperative tax credit details:

  • The CETC is a refundable tax credit for employers equal to 25 per cent (30 per cent for businesses with payrolls under $400,000) of the salaries and wages paid to eligible post-secondary students in a qualifying co-op work term of at least 10 consecutive weeks
  • A maximum tax credit of $3,000 is available per student per four-month qualifying work term
  • For additional details, please visit the website: www.rev.gov.on.ca/en/credit/cetc/





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