A Trailblazing Partnership Led by The University of Guelph & Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Deepens Career-Readiness Support for UofG Students & Graduates
The University of Guelph and Royal Bank of Canada have partnered to provide students with a record of, and the ability to articulate, their accomplishments and skills gained off-campus on a University of Guelph student’s Professional & Career Development Record (PCDR). This partnership breaks ground on a promising new space in student career readiness delivery by formally recognizing “off-campus” work-integrated learning experiences. In this instance, students working at RBC this past summer who completed any one of the three sets of experiences – RBC Backpack, RBC Innovation Challenge, and RBC Café – powered by Ten Thousand Coffees, will have these officially appear on their U of G PCDR.
Eight Years of Collaboration Leads to Meaningful Outcomes in Higher Education & Employment
A campus partner of Orbis for over 8 years, The University of Guelph turned to our Outcome solution to give students ownership over their knowledge, skills, and attributes achieved through participation in the program. Through Outcome, the University can create, disseminate, verify, and track each student’s gained skills. This record of accomplishments enables students to break free from the cycle of ‘experience for career and career for experience.’ Any student from the University of Guelph who participates in this RBC summer program can now confidently speak of their learned skills to potential future employers, effectively applying what’s learned to their future roles or entrepreneurial ventures.
A Scalable, Remotely Accessible & Configurable Solution to Grow Impact
Orbis’s Outcome technology is configurable, allowing institutions and employers to customize and scale work-integrated learning programs and initiatives with the confidence that they can deliver on a pre-set, mutually agreed-upon range of competencies. Using Orbis’s Outcome platform, these competencies can be tied to achievement and completion of segments or the entirety of a work-integrated learning experience, so that success is measurable, while the perceived value of the contributions and efforts of the learner participating is exponentially enhanced. Institutions and organizations can depend on the agility of Outcome to work with their aims and objectives while students can rest assured knowing that their efforts will contribute to success in getting hired in their hopeful careers. Says Cameron Ballantyne, co-founder of Orbis, “Credentialing is a powerful tool and another way for higher learning educators to support the livelihood of their students and our communities. We are thrilled that the University of Guelph and Royal Bank of Canada are implementing credentialing for this initiative and to build them the technology to do so.”
A special thank you to the team at the University of Guelph, specifically to Elaine Fenner, Christy Niven, and Daniel Poulin who spearheaded this initiative. Also, another huge thank you to Brien Convery, at the Royal Bank of Canada, for your work driving forward this project and amazing ongoing efforts to raise the bar for what can be done together to support students and graduates.
Read more on this initiative from The University of Guelph here.
To learn more about Outcome, micro-credentialing tools, and working with Orbis, reach out to Cameron Ballantyne, email@example.com
To speak about this project with The University of Guelph, contact Christy Niven, Manager, Employment Services & Systems, Experiential Learning Hub, University of Guelph, firstname.lastname@example.org
For media inquiries, for Orbis, connect with Zoë Mills-Blakeley, email@example.com