Kwantlen Polytechnic University / KPU
KPU's Surrey campus   (Photo credit: Edward Chan)

Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Kwantlen Polytechnic University / KPU was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2017):

  • KPU employees enjoy the perks of a campus work environment, including outdoor sitting areas, a quiet room for meditation and religious observance, a cafeteria with healthy and special diet menus, and free and subsidized memberships to the university's fully-equipped athletic centre
  • KPU encourages employees to continue to develop their skills through in-house and online training programs, formal mentoring, financial bonuses for some course completions, subsidies for professional accreditation, and tuition coverage for courses related and not directly related to their current position
  • Varying by employee group, KPU provides maternity and parental leave top-up payments for its new moms, dads and adoptive parents -- and helps employees balance their work and personal lives with a variety of alternative work options that also vary by position
KPU employees and volunteers

Highlights

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Established in Canada 1981
Major Canadian hiring locations Surrey BC, Richmond BC, Langley BC, Cloverdale BC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,027
Part-time employees in Canada 746
Average age of employees in Canada 48
Longest serving employee 43 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours, earned days off program
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, mentoring, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Kwantlen Polytechnic University / KPU was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017):

  • KPU set the LEED Gold certification standard (or better) as its minimum standard for new building construction and LEED Silver as its minimum for on-campus renovations
  • In addition to pursuing green building standards, KPU ensures that all employees (and students) are made aware of the school's focus on sustainability through training programs, campus presentations, website updates and online energy consumption dashboards -- the combined focus is working, noting the University has increased its building footprint by over 36 percent since 1994 while decreasing natural gas use by over 14 percent
  • KPU provides dedicated free parking for the Car2Go electric car sharing service, maintains a partnership with the carpool.ca service to help commuters easily find ride partners, and offers an inter-campus shuttle bus service
KPU's Langley campus

Highlights

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Surrey BC, Richmond BC, Langley BC, Cloverdale BC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,027
Employee green team Environmental Sustainability Committee (and a number of specialized teams)
Senior executive to oversee initiatives yes
Formal strategy/policy name Strategic Energy Management Plan, Vision 2018 (environmental component of KPU's overall strategic plan)
Green highlights eliminated desktop printers, spot audits of campus buildings (including a night audit across all campuses during Earth Hour), hosts Green Wednesdays (documentary screenings and guest speakers), students manage a number of focused environmental groups, often related to their particular disciplines, publishes three annual and semi-annual reports to help track and ensure progress, including the Strategic Energy Management Plan, Energy Consumption Records and the Carbon Neutral Action Report
Extended recycling light bulbs, batteries, e-waste, hazardous liquids (oil, grease, antifreeze, lab chemicals, paint), drywall, wood, furniture (re-use program), pallets and organics
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit, telecommuter workstations
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Green Ideas Network (hosts Green Wednesdays with Kwantlen's School of Agriculture), registered with carpool.ca and provides free parking for the Car2Go car sharing service, received BC Hydro's 2014 Power Smart Excellence Award
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, geothermal heating/cooling, significant lighting upgrades to LED lighting systems, electric car charging stations, inter-campus shuttle bus, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

The Career Directory

Kwantlen Polytechnic University / KPU has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Garden plots on KPU'S Surrey campus are available to all staff, faculty and students to garden

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Surrey BC, Richmond BC, Langley BC, Cloverdale BC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,000 to 2,500
Student opportunities paid internships, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, transit subsidies
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Academic fields recruited


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