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Co-op Department


What is Co-op?  Cooperative Education (Co-op) is a provincial-wide secondary school 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 allows students to complete classes, and also to be at work 3-7 hours per day, 5 days a week throughout the semester (five-month period).   With this non-paid work experience, students are able to earn high school elective credits and to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for future success.

The Student Benefits

  • ​​Promotes understanding of career possibilities and skill requirements.
  • Develops multitude of employability skills like problem solving and communication skills.
  • Builds a network of potential future employers and a source of references.
  • Allows students to gain substantial experiences to enhance supplementary applications for post-secondary programs (ie. apprenticeships, university, college or other certifications
The Employer Benefits
  • ​Utilizes the magnitude of technological and creative skillset of our youth within your company.
  • 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 and your business connections.
  • Increases the knowledge, employability and skill levels of youth.
  • 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 businesses and job opportunities within our community.
  • Can increase youth employment rates because students are motivated to stay in school when they could gain more clarity of future career options.
  • When employers team up with schools, the exchange of information and expertise helps enhance the school curriculum and integrates classroom and workplace learning.
Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) and all work insurance is entirely covered by the Ministry of Education and Training.

Pierre Elliott Trudeau High School runs one of the largest Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program in York Region, with co-op as a mandatory component of this program.  Students must complete an application for co-op, be invited for a formal interview and given consideration of excellent teacher referrals to determine their candidacy of our program.  

Community Businesses/Organizations interested in hosting a co-op student?

Current community partners have provided us with outstanding feedback about our program, and they continue to accept new co-op students to their organizations year after year.

Contact Us for more information, or to start our valuable community partnership!  Thank you!

Ms. Jennifer Black

Subject Head of Community Based Education

Pierre Elliott Trudeau High School

90 Bur Oak Ave., Markham, ON.  L6C 2E6       Office:  (905) 887-2216 x 370     



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