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Cooperative Education Overview

  • Cooperative Education prepares the student for successful participation in a work placement.  It is an integral part of school-work transition programs, including the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). 


  • The Cooperative Education course and the related course(s) from the Ontario Secondary School curriculum together constitute the Cooperative Education program, designed to suit the student's strengths, interests and needs and to enhance his/her preparation for the future.  
Placements provide students with opportunities to apply and extend knowledge, and practice and refine skills, and to demonstrate achievement of placement expectations that reflect current workplace practices and standards.  Students will gain insight to make a successful transition from secondary school to a post-secondary institution, apprenticeship, or the workplace.
 This course focuses on these key expectations from the Ministry of Education's Co-operative Education document:
    • demonstrate job-readiness skills;
    • reflect on and analyze their placement experiences and personal growth;
    • reinforce the job-skills theory acquired in the classroom and the skills, techniques and principles learned at the placement;
    • demonstrate an understanding of issues related to confidentiality, workplace safety, and human rights;
    • apply and further develop the specific curriculum expectations from the related course at the placement as identified on the Personal Placement Learning Plan (PPLP);
    • apply and further develop the specific employer expectations of the placement as identified on the PPLP.
  • Terms of Placement
    • Must sign the appropriate consent forms and return them to the NEXUS program.
    • One credit for every 110 hours at the work placement.  The record of hours spent at the work placement must be carefully documented on daily time sheets and submitted to the NEXUS program.  These hours will then be confirmed by the employer.  The work log information is essential to the granting fo the credit and the information is forwarded to the ministry.  If the student works outside the agreed upon work day, it is the student's responsibility to obtain approval form his/her coop teacher, parents and supervisor.  If this is not done, the student will not be covered by the insurance.
    • The onus is on students to find jobs, and then must be approved by the coop teacher
    • Students are responsible for transportation to and from the work placement.  Students should not drive a placement vehicle since the employer's insurance must cover this instance.
    • The student is responsible for all related school and work expenses.  The student must comply with all safety standards of the workplace including the wearing of protective clothing/equipment.  He/she may be responsible for the purchase of any clothing/equipment required.
    • Students must have the Work Education Agreement signed by the work supervisor, the parents/guardians if under 18, the coop teacher, and the student before beginning a coop placement.  The student must observe all health & safety regulations on-the-job and contact the school the same day in case of an accident.