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What is Cooperative Education?
 
Cooperative Education is a ministry-approved program that allows students to earn secondary school credits while completing a work placement.  The program consists of a co-op course monitored by a cooperative education teacher, a related curriculum course in any subject and a work placement.
 
Students can apply two co-op credits towards their compulsory high school graduation requirements, with no limit on earning optional co-op credits. Co-op placements are arranged for students by their secondary school and must follow Ministry of Education policy and guidelines.
 
Students select cooperative education during course selection. See a Guidance Counsellor for more information.
 

Cooperative Education Fact Sheet

The Ontario Curriculum - Cooperative Education - Grades 11 and 12 - 2018

Why Take Cooperative Education?

Co-op students have the opportunity to:

 

  • Experience hands-on learning
  • "Test-drive" career options.  
  • See the relevance of classroom learning.
  • Earn credits through workplace experience. 
  • Gain valuable work experience that will help build a résumé for postsecondary programs and future employment.​

 

 

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Information for Students

 

The purpose of Co-op is to expose students to the reality of the workplace and to explore career opportunities by providing hands-on training in community placements. A Co-operative Education experience enhances self-esteem, promotes personal growth and assists students with decisions regarding postsecondary programs and future job opportunities.

 

Attendance

  • student schedules are variable at the present time, with many of our students attending school in a quadmestered model.
  • students in the quadmester schedule work either approximately 9 out of 10 weekdays, for a minimum of 5 hours per day, from 9:00 am to 2:05 pm
  • good attendance is critical at both the school and the placement
  • if absence is unavoidable, students must notify:
    • the school attendance desk,
    • the teacher, and
    • the placement, before the scheduled start time
  • students will be expected to complete the full work term as outlined in the Work Education Agreement
  • persistent lateness or absence could result in loss of work placement and/or credits
 

Age Requirements

Students Must:

  • be least 14 years of age
  • follow the minimum age restrictions as set out under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) to visit or work in specific types of workplaces
  • be responsible for travel arrangements to and from the placement
  • conduct themselves as employees of the company - if problems arise and persist, employers have the option to terminate students (as a last resort) and students may lose Co-op credits
  • abide by the placement dress code
 

What Coop Placements Are Available for Students?

Each year, hundreds of senior students participate in a variety of subject-related Co-op experiences. We are actively recruiting potential new placements for our students. We are convinced that this unique business/education collaboration enables our students to make more satisfying, informed and realistic career decisions.

Information for Employers

The purpose of Co-op is to expose students to the reality of the workplace and to explore career opportunities by providing hands-on training in community placements. A co-operative education experience enhances self-esteem, promotes personal growth and assists students with decisions regarding post-secondary programs and future job opportunities.

 

Employers:

  • designate one or more employees to be responsible for supervising and evaluating student
  • meet and work with the teacher to complete or review the Placement Assessment Checklist and the Student Cooperative Education Learning Plan
  • provide job specific and appropriate orientation and all necessary health and safety training
  • provide an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment
  • complete 2 or 3 job performance appraisals for the students

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  • students are covered by Workplace Safety and Insurance Board for the agreed Co-op hours at the placement. WSIB coverage outside the agreed hours, or in the case of the employer paying wages to the student, is the employer's responsibility.
  • if placement hours vary, an adjustment to hours form must be completed
  • students should not be required to drive vehicles as part of their Co-op program (if a company requests that a student operate a company vehicle/s, the company assumes responsibility for insurance coverage)
  • the Board's insurance policy covers liability to employer property in the event of accidental student actions
 

Information About Students

  • Co-op students are at least 14 years of age
  • students and employers MUST follow the minimum age restrictions as set out under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) to visit or work in specific types of workplaces
  • travel arrangements to and from the placement are the responsibility of students
  • at the placement, students are expected to conduct themselves as employees of the company - if problems arise and persist, employers have the option to terminate students (as a last resort) and students may lose Co-op credits
  • Students are made aware of their basic rights as workers, including:
    • The right to know about workplace hazards and necessary control measures;
    • The right to participate in solutions to workplace hazards,
    • The right to refuse unsafe work.
  • students are expected to abide by the placement dress code
 

Cooperative Education 

  • requires a personalized placement learning plan
  • involves the earning of credits
  • requires pre-placement orientation
  • is monitored by the cooperative education teacher
  • integrates classroom and workplace learning
  • involves reflective learning
  • involves student assessment
 
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Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

  • is designed for students 16 years of age and older who have already earned 16 credits towards the OSSD
  • may involve the student’s registration in an apprenticeship
  • requires documentation by the student and trainer regarding trade specific competencies acquired
  • involves the earning of cooperative education credits

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For any questions, concerns or employment opportunities, please email the Wellington CDSB Pathways Office at coop@wellingtoncdsb.ca or call us at 519-836-2170, ext 103514 for more information. 


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