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Students who take co-op have more information and a better understanding when making a career plan.
Co-operative Education for Educators
We all have a stake in the education of our youth. Well-educated young people become skilled workers. A skilled labour force means economic prosperity for our province. That’s why the Nova Scotia Department of Education is bringing the worlds of work and school together.
Youth need to see their education in action. Co-op courses allow students to bridge the gap between school and work. They get hands-on training in a real job in their home community. They also get classroom training that teaches them about the working world.
Co-op courses help students plan for their future. The more co-op courses students take, the more options they can explore.
But co-op is just one way employers and schools are coming together.
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What is Co-operative Education?
“Students get an idea of what’s expected in the workplace and gain skills”
- Co-op Employer
How Does Co-operative Education Benefit Students?
Co-operative education provides students with the opportunity to:
“Co-op has given me a hands-on approach to learning and has helped me choose my career path”
- Co-op Student
How Are Co-operative Education Programs Delivered?
The Six Essential Components of a Co-op Credit
All essential components must be present for the learning outcomes of the co-op credit to be achieved. The components are as follows:
Pre Course Interview
Every student enrolled in a co-op course must complete an application and interview process. A teacher should use this opportunity to assist the student with career expectation and readiness.
Finding the Appropriate Placement
Here the teacher acts as a career coach. Grades, interests, and placement understanding are reviewed. Student suitability for placement availability and expectations are discussed.
Teachers must visit all placements each time a student is placed. Placement assessment forms are completed and learning agreements signed. Placement assessment must be communicated to parents/guardians.
A 25-hour in-school component must be completed by all students. The majority of this time is preplacement preparation, but teachers are encouraged to meet with students during and after the 100-hour placement period for reflection.
Learning Assessment and Evaluation Plan
All students must have a learning plan agreed to by parents, employer, teacher, and student. This plan outlines placement descriptor, tasks, duties, and responsibilities of the student and the functions a student will observe, perform with help, and perform independently. This plan must also include assessment expectations.
Teachers should visit students at placement once every 25 hours. This would require four contacts minimum for any co-op placement. These placement visits are for the purposes of risk management, learning assessment and evaluation plan development, problem solving, and employer appreciation.