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Riipen is a work-based learning platform helping educators, companies, and students find and collaborate on real industry projects to bridge the gap between higher education and employment.
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Innovation & Research

Building better bridges between training & employment

Riipen solves a core challenge facing job-seekers and training providers: the work experience gap. Training programs solve the skills gap and reduce “education friction” (the time, cost, and uncertainty associated with upskilling). But to successfully land a job, workers who are upskilling are also facing an experience gap, as they encounter “hiring friction”: the reluctance of employers to hire candidates who haven’t already proven that they can do the job. Riipen was designed to successfully bridge workers from training to jobs, by addressing the experience gap and reducing or eliminating hiring friction for employers.
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Capacity Building

The Council of Independent Colleges selects 25 member institutions to form inaugural work-based learning consortium

Since its founding in 1956, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) has created a network of more than 700 nonprofit independent colleges and universities, state-based councils of independent colleges, and other higher education affiliates. With a focus on future-proofing their member institutions, helping students who may not have the time to devote to an internship that can last for a full semester or summer on top of a paid job, a heavy course load, and/or family obligations has become a key focus for CIC. Traditional Internships are a proven path to building employability and the professional networks needed for students to progress from college to career, but what happens when they are inaccessible due to cost, geography, and social capital?
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From oil to IT, Canadian “energy city” partners to launch EDGE UP rapid reskilling program

Even before the 2008 financial crisis and the 2015 Paris Agreement, the oil and gas sector experienced volatility amidst shifting global markets. In Alberta, Canada, the northern country’s energy epicenter and home to the 3rd largest crude oil reserves globally, changing demographics and stricter regulations are forcing the 130-year-old sector to adapt and displacing a strong workforce along the way.
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Workforce Equity

Shopify launches Student Commerce Builders to build ecommerce career pathways

Since its founding in 2006, Shopify has grown to be a world leader in ecommerce. In over 170 countries, millions of merchants have chosen Shopify to build their businesses, they’ve built an ecosystem where entrepreneurs thrive and anyone can start a business. Crucial to their mission of ‘making commerce better for everyone’ is getting businesses a storefront. Straightforward if you grew up surrounded by technology, but what if this is your first foray into ecommerce?
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Workforce Equity

ACCES Employment partnership nets 82% of newcomers employment within one year

ACCES Employment’s Experiential Learning program brings together companies and internationally trained talent through a unique workplace project experience.The initiative gives companies the opportunity to preview potential talent by engaging with skilled internationally trained professionals on a practical workplace project, gain insights, new solutions and different perspectives on workplace projects, and help internationally trained professionals to acquire valuable and practical knowledge of Canadian workplaces.
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Capacity Building

RBC FutureLaunch is eliminating the ‘experience gap’ for Canadian graduates

McKinsey & Company’s landmark 2015 report ‘Youth in Transition: Bridging Canada’s Path from Education to Employment’ revealed that 83% of education providers believe that today’s youth are adequately prepared for the workforce. When you ask students the same question, only 44% believe it to be true. Seeing this firsthand, RBC FutureLaunch, a 10-year, C$500 million commitment to Canada’s future was created by the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) to give youth the tools they need to bridge the experience gap. Closely aligned to Riipen’s core mission of ending underemployment, RBC FutureLaunch and Riipen partnered in 2019 to deliver 27,000 work-integrated learning (WIL) experiences, with a renewed engagement of 20,000 additional placements by 2026.
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Workforce Equity

Riipen Level UP lands 64% of participants employment while building skills and professional networks

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it turned our world upside down. Higher education moved online and the placements students were expecting disappeared in the blink of an eye. Internships are supposed to be a key tool in fighting the experience gap, but when the opportunity to get an opportunity is gone, how do students make do? Online, flexible, work-based learning prepares students–at scale–for the future of work, but hasn’t been supported by governments to the same extent as traditional forms of experiential learning. In 2019, the Government of Canada saw this gap and launched the Innovative Work-Integrated Learning (I-WIL) Fund to prepare Canadian students for an uncertain future.
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Frequently asked questions

What is the Riipen experiential learning platform?

Riipen is an experiential learning platform that connects educators and employers and matches them with students to complete real-world industry projects.

It bridges the gap between the classroom and the workplace by allowing learners to apply their knowledge and skills in real-world settings and gain practical experience—all while providing employers with access to a pool of talented and driven students.

Sign up to get started or explore the Riipen marketplace to browse thousands of experiences for students and companies.

What are the benefits of using an experiential learning platform?

An experiential learning platform offers a multitude of benefits for all stakeholders involved. For educators, it presents an equitable opportunity to infuse real-world scenarios into their curriculum to enhance learner engagement and employability outcomes. Students benefit from hands-on, practical learning opportunities to build valuable skills, fill knowledge gaps, and foster connections with industry professionals. Organizations and business leaders are able to engage with learners to complete certain tasks, expand their talent pool, and build a strong employer brand.

What makes Riipen the #1 experiential learning platform?

Riipen distinguishes itself from other experiential learning platforms by providing educational institutions and students with a wide range of remote-friendly opportunities that drastically improve educational outcomes.

We bring together over 27,000 employers, 430 educational institutions, and 100,000 learners to provide equitable access to work-based learning opportunities and shape the future of work.

The platform makes it easy for everyone to find, manage, and assess experiential learning projects thanks to its intuitive interface, advanced project management features, and powerful reporting tools.

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