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Cooperative Education is a program that integrates classroom theory with practical experience at the workplace

The program is based on a partnership between a school and a business or community organization that involves the participation of students, teachers and employers. By working together employers and schools can ensure that students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for future success.
The Employer Benefits
  • Develops a work force of young people who have employment skills and on-the-job experience.
  • Provides the opportunity to build the future employee talent pool.
  • Increases the knowledge, employability and skill levels of youth
  • Encourages students to have a positive attitude towards productivity in the workplace.
  • Enables employers to participate directly in the education of students and to keep educators informed of their requirements with respect to future employees.
  • Enhances employee morale. Employees who work with students gain new skills, both supervisory and interpersonal. They also enjoy the benefit of youthful enthusiasm.
The Community Benefits
  • Promotes awareness of job opportunities within the community
  • Can reduce the level of youth unemployment because students are motivated to stay in school when they see the possibilities and understand the knowledge and skill requirements of various career options
  • When employers team up with schools, the exchange of information and expertise helps enhance the curriculum and integrates classroom and workplace learning.
  • Cooperation between schools and employers instils a strong sense that "this is my community"
  • Develops student awareness of and concern for community values and interests.
The Student Benefits
  • Promotes understanding of career possibilities and skill requirements.
  • Enhances job search skills
  • Gains confidence, skills and valuable on-the-job experience.
  • Develops interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Deepens the understanding of the link between what is learned in the classroom and how it is applied at work.
  • Builds a network of potential future employers and a source of references.
  • Facilitates the transition from school to work.
  • Increases the opportunity for acceptance into college, university, and apprenticeship programs.
  • Develops maturity and self-confidence
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