Launch of Fall 2008 Federal Student Work Experience Program Campaign (08-21)


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Contact person: Ginette Auger, Manager, Student Programs at 613-947-9757

The Public Service Commission (PSC) will launch its fall Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) campaign on October 21, 2008.

FSWEP provides managers with access to an inventory of students for temporary job placements – either part-time during academic and non-academic terms or full-time during non-academic terms (e.g. summer breaks). This inventory consists of highly motivated students in more than 350 academic disciplines from high schools, colleges and universities across the country.

Beginning with the fall 2008 campaign, full-time post-secondary positions will be subject to a national area of selection (NAOS). Accordingly, a national search will be performed to identify students from across the country interested in specific positions.

The following situations are exceptions to the NAOS requirement:

  • requests for referrals that target secondary school students;
  • requests for referrals for part-time positions; and
  • requests for referrals for full-time positions with a part-time component.

Hiring organizations can request referrals from the FSWEP inventory on the basis of employment equity criteria, education/field of study and skills. It is also possible to re-employ students until the end of their full-time studies.

Request for referrals and Request for re-employment forms can be found on the PSC Web site.

Organizations may also tailor the FSWEP program to meet their specific requirements by creating a customized poster for a departmental program. If interested, please contact the PSC at

Managers who plan to use student recruitment as part of their long-term recruitment strategy can benefit from the potential to bridge students into term or indeterminate positions upon the completion of their studies. This mechanism applies to students who have demonstrated through their work assignments that they would be an asset for the organization. Please consult the PSC Web site for further information on the bridging mechanism.

The PSC reaffirms its commitment to supporting federal organizations. We recommend that departments and agencies take advantage of this recruitment approach to help them meet the renewal objectives of the public service.

Campaign timeline

Federal departments and agencies will not have access to the FSWEP inventory between October 6 and October 24, 2008. This measure will allow the time needed to complete this year's campaign and to create the new student inventory.

The fall campaign will begin on October 21, 2008 for student registration only. The FSWEP inventory will be available to organizations on October 27, 2008.

Whom to call

For more information about the campaign, please contact Ginette Auger, Manager, Student Programs, at 613-947-9757 or at

Additional information on FSWEP is available on the PSC Web site.

Joanne Lalonde
Director General
National Client Services
Staffing and Assessment Services Branch

c.c: Chiefs of Staffing