Practicum Students

While we all understand the importance of having practicum students in the workplace, this does not mean that they are permitted to be used to augment our workforce.  For Example; a practicum student is not permitted to cover a CUPE members absence, nor are they permitted to cover off CUPE members during their break periods.  It is the expectation that CUPE members who agree to take on a practicum student are there to work alongside them as a mentor for the duration of their practicum.  They should never be “put on the schedule” and given their own assignment for the day(s).