- A ready source of high quality, highly motivated employees
UTC has over 8500 undergraduate and graduate students who are always looking for ways to gain experience in their chosen careers before they graduate. Over 85% of them already work in part-time or full-time jobs that are often totally unrelated to their career goals.
- An opportunity to evaluate and pre-train potential full-time employees
Employers have found that co-op and internships have given them a chance to see employees early, try them out, and test them in the corporate climate before actually offering them a full-time position. Employers have also realized that the training costs for co-op students and interns are less costly than that of full-time employees who receive full salary and benefits. Employers have also realized that it costs less to train a co-op student/intern than it does to orient a regular full-time employee.
- Assistance for permanent company personnel
Students can free full-time salaried personnel from less demanding tasks to work on higher profile/more sophisticated demands, while still challenging the students with special projects that meet their expertise.
- Improved relations with the University and a chance to positively influence
the education of your future employees
Unfortunately, many times business is not privy to the most recent theories in their area, whereas university professors are in the business of knowing those theories. When serving as co-op employers, however, businesses have ready access to the students and the new theories they are being taught. On the other hand, many times the University does not have instant access to the most recent practice of the "new" theories. Co-op employers often come to campus for lectures to update students and faculty or invite students and faculty to their facility to introduce them to the theory in practice. In either case, the relationship is mutually beneficial.