Increasing Access, Equity and Diversity in Virtual International Work-Integrated Learning Placement Opportunities

With Absolute Internship, George Brown College (GBC), successfully piloted an online placement project with host companies in France, Spain, Portugal, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom from January 1, 2021 until March 31, 2021. This pilot gave priority to 11 students traditionally underrepresented in education abroad programs (low-income, students with disabilities, Black, Indigenous or People of Colour – BIPOC). Through detailed program outlines, supports and trainings (before-, during-, and after-placement) these students completed an online international WIL placement and provided invaluable feedback to the college to address issues of diversity and inclusion in future outbound education abroad programs at GBC.

Latest Publications


Strengthening Canada’s Global Skills: Our submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance Pre-budget Consultations in Advance of Budget 2024

The program has equipped a new generation of students, from all backgrounds, with global skills necessary to meet Canada’s ever evolving labour market needs. It is now time to make the program a permanent part of Canada’s skills strategy and approach to international education.

Louisane LeBlanc: If the Global Skills Opportunity pilot ends, Canadians with disabilities will miss out


Seventy new GSO projects to support hundreds of students’ global work and study experiences

With funding from Economic and Social Development Canada, the new GSO projects will allow hundreds more Canadian students to gain invaluable global skills through international work and study experiences in countries around the world.