The Co-operative Education Program (co-op) allows students to earn credits by integrating course curriculum with learning at a work placement. Students in all pathways--apprenticeship, college, community living, university, or the workplace--can participate.
Co-op programs are available in all secondary schools. They can be designed to include up to four credits per semester to a maximum of 12 co-op credits towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Students are monitored and supported in their learning by the placement supervisor and co-op teachers.
Benefits to students:
- gain workplace experience in a unique learning environment outside the classroom
- develop employability skills and work habits that are applicable to the workplace
- participate in hands-on learning in a safe and encouraging environment
- choose a work placement based on their interests, readiness and needs
- connect and build relationships with potential future employers
Students can choose from a broad range of practical, hands-on co-op opportunities in a variety of sectors in the community that best suit their needs and interests, including:
- retail, marketing, design
- arts, media
- business, technology
- health, education, civil services
- skilled trades
A co-operative education placement in a skilled trade is referred to as an OYAP (Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program) placement. For more information, visit OYAP programs.
Interested in becoming involved as an employer in our co-operative education program?
Co-operative education is the fastest growing area of secondary school education. Co-operative education will be satisfying and productive for you and your co-op student.
Please refer to the following:
For further information, please contact the co-operative education placement officer at 905-890-1010, ext. 2348.
The Placement Supervisor's Guide provides an overview of the expectations for and the responsibilities of a placement supervisor who agrees to have a co-op or work experience student.
Centralized Co-operative Education Program
Within the database, there are organizations that provide centralized placements. These organizations have specifically requested to be contacted only through the co-op education placement officer at the HJA Brown Education Centre.
The timeframe for applying to these organizations listed below is normally April 30 for semester 1 and Nov. 30 for semester 2.
If you would like further information about eligibility requirements for the centralized employers and an application form, speak to the co-operative education teacher at your school.
Employers and positions available may vary from semester to semester.
The centralized organizations are:
- Brampton Fire – The Fire and Life Safety Education Centre
- Canadian Forces – Army Reserve
- The City of Brampton
- The City of Mississauga
- The Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre
- Donato Salon and Spa
- Habitat for Humanity - Halton/Mississauga and GTA
- Lexsan Electrical Inc.
- Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services
- The Mississauga News
- Peel Regional Police
- Rogers T.V.
- Speigel, Nichols, Fox Law Office
- William Osler Health System – Brampton Civic Hospital and Brampton Centennial Secondary School – Caring for the Future Application
For applications to other hospitals in the GTA area, contact your co-operative education teacher.
There are opportunities for co-op students to work with the computer technology support specialist in the schools.Contact your co-operative education teacher to apply.