The Cooperative (Co-op) Education Program at High School
Co-op education is a unique program that integrates academic study with practical workplace experience. A co-op credit will provide you with an excellent opportunity to test drive a job to see if it is suitable. Our high schools offer a range of different co-op programs that offer something in common – real-world work experience.
Co-ops are beneficial regardless of the program or level of study you are taking. These credits will offer you experience to steer you in a particular direction for education or for work following high school.
What is Co-op?
Co-op education allow you to “try on” a potential career choice by going to work for part of a school day or a full day. Typical co-op programs have students working two to four periods a day. Each student has a Personalized Placement Learning Plan which provides the framework for this learning opportunity. While students spend most of their time at the workplace, they do complete an in-school pre-placement session and participate in integration days with their co-op teacher.
Expanded Co-op Opportunities
As a result of the province's Student Success strategy, we are able to offer you expanded co-op opportunities. You are now able to apply two co-op credits toward compulsory graduation requirements.
This broadens opportunities for experiential learning and gives you a chance to start working and testing career options. These credits are applied to your 18 compulsory credits required for graduation.
Along with this change comes a move to develop stronger partnerships between education, business, and community organizations – the goal is to increase the number of co-op and job placement opportunities for students.
Contact your high school's guidance department to get more information about co-op courses available.
What is the Difference Between Co-op and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)?
|Career driven, career exploration and development
||Industry/employer driven, developing skilled workers
|Credits are tied to any in-school subject
||Credits may be tied to specific technical studies or any subjects
|Follows the Ministry of Education policies and procedures
||Must meet Ministry of Education and Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) policies and guidelines
|Must have a Personalized Placement Learning Plan (PPLP)
||The PPLP must include reference to the MTCU's apprenticeship training standard
|No apprenticeship contract
||Apprenticeship agreement must be signed upon agreement of the employer
|Earn credits towards diploma by meeting expectations
||Earn co-op credits for your diploma and apprenticeship hours/skills for the MTCU
|Not allowed to perform any of the restricted skill sets
||Students can perform all aspects of a compulsory trade under supervision of a licensed journey person
|Co-op assistants, not registered apprentices
||May be registered as true Ontario apprentices while in co-op
For more information about co-op and OYAP opportunities, take a look at our brochure
Connecting Students to Opportunities in Skilled Professions