Interfor hires record number of co-op students in 2018
Sept. 7, 2018 - Interfor employed 40 co-op students in 2018 — the most ever in a single year — and will be in universities and colleges again this fall to grow our program for 2019.
“The co-op program is an important part of our growth and our future,” says Mark Stock, senior vice-president, Human Resources & Information Technology. “We’re focused on developing our own talent at Interfor. The hope is that twenty years from now many of these co-op students will hold significant positions in the company.”
Recruitment Specialist Jennifer Irving explains how a co-op job can lead to more opportunities. “Several co-op students are going back to school this fall knowing they have a full-time, permanent job with Interfor when they graduate next spring.”
Interfor co-op jobs represent a particularly attractive opportunity for students. “Each student has a project and a mentor, and is able to do something concrete that defines what they worked on during the term,” explains Stock. “They’re building value for Interfor while broadening their own skill sets and learning on-the-job.”
Co-op students who transition to full-time employees also have the opportunity to apply for Interfor’s Sawmill Operations Trainee Program to expand their knowledge of sawmill operations from log to finished board and earn an Associate Certificate from an accredited educational institute recognized across North America. “We invest in our people so they can realize their career potential at Interfor,” said Stock.
Interfor recruits from post-secondary institutions across North America including the University of New Brunswick, Georgia Southern University, Clemson University, Oregon State University, Thompson Rivers University and the University of British Columbia.