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Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology
An instructor at Durham College leads students in one of the campus' kitchen labs  

Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2022):

  • Over the course of the pandemic, Durham College supported employees working from home, offering webinars on topics such as finding balance and cultivating mindfulness and providing access to nearly 40 virtual fitness classes -- additionally, the college prioritized social connection, organizing a number of virtual social events including an employee appreciation night, full moon ceremonies, a paint afternoon, and cooking special interest groups
  • Durham College maintains exceptional maternity and parental leave top-up policies, offering a full year of paid leave for mothers and 35 weeks of paid leave for fathers and adoptive parents (up to 93 per cent of salary)
  • Durham College helps employees plan securely for the future with a defined benefit pension plan and retirement planning assistance -- additionally, retirees can maintain their relationship with the college through a dedicated retiree association
A welding instructor at Durham College provides hands-on instruction to a student  

Highlights

Industry Post secondary schools, college
Established in Canada 1967
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Oshawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 791
Part-time employees in Canada 1,513
Average age of employees in Canada 44 years
Longest serving employee 40 years
Benefits note Durham College has multiple employee groups, the following programs and policies may vary by position
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
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $2,000 each year
Flexible work options 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
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, leadership training, mentoring
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 50% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

COVID-19

Pandemic response students, employees and alumni helped create frames for face shields using rapid prototyping 3D printers in 2020, launched DC on the Frontlines to honour college community members working on the front-lines, webinars to support employees with remote work (topics include managing the impact of the pandemic, finding balance, and cultivating mindfulness), nearly 40 virtual fitness classes available to staff

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2022):

  • Durham College's formal Solid Waste Management Policy includes programs for recycling e-waste, batteries, light bulbs, air filters, construction waste, etc. and used textbooks in partnership with Textbooks for Change -- used textbooks are collected across campuses and are either donated to partner campus libraries in East Africa, resold at discounted and more affordable prices for students or recycled when appropriate
  • Durham College is home to the impressive W. Galen Weston Centre for Food that features an agricultural growing field, greenhouse, honey bee apiary, arboretum, pollinator garden, an apple orchard -- and recently expanded to include a new hydroponic farming facility and a new 1,500 square foot greenhouse with aquaponics as well as a storage facility to house the harvest
  • Durham College manages its own in-house "Green Office" certification program to recognize offices across all areas of the campus that adopt sustainable practices in their day-to-day operations

Highlights

Industry Post secondary schools, college
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Oshawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 791
Part-time employees in Canada 1,513
Employee green team Green Impact Team
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Director, Capital Projects and Space Planning
Formal strategy/policy name Living Green (managed by the sustainability office), energy conservation and demand management plan
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights in-house "Green Office" certification program (to encourage offices across campus to adopt sustainable practices in their day-to-day operations), numerous sustainability-focused and related courses
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, geothermal heating/cooling, electric vehicle charging stations, solar air heating, white roof, water bottle refill/hydration stations, building automation systems, W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, which is a unique facility and program to study local food, from sustainable farming practices to processing and recently expanded to feature hydroponic farming (450 kg of leafy greens produced weekly), a new 1,500 square foot greenhouse (includes a unique aquaponics facility) and a new storage facility, a full-service restaurant (Bistro '67) preparing and serving locally produced food, and a brewhouse responsible for the new Centre for Craft Brewing Innovation program)
Extended recycling light bulb recycling, air filters, construction materials, furniture, batteries, e-waste, textbooks, toner cartridges
Commuter amenities Commute Ontario (formerly SmartCommute), Bike to Work Day, SustainMobility Commute Ontario (includes a carpool incentive program), 10 free EV charging stations available, walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, online carpool sign-up
Community partnerships Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (participates in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) program for measuring sustainability practices in post-secondary institutions, achieved Silver status in 2016), Fill-it-Forward (partnered with Cupanion, which operates an incentives-based app that rewards users every time they refill their reusable bottle, and a refill donates one cup of water to a water charity)

The Career Directory

Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Durham College instructor with a student in the Elevating Devices Mechanic program

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Post secondary schools, college
Full-time employees in Canada 751 to 1,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Oshawa ON
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Typical new grad positions Receptionist, Administrative Assistant, Clerk, IT Technician, Faculty
Starting salary $40K to $45K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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