Skilled Trades Co-operative Education 12

Course Outline

Students apply and extend their previous trades-specific learning at a Co-op placement under the supervision of a certified journeyperson. Students must have completed at least one of the Grade 11 sector Skilled Trades courses to be eligible for consideration for Skilled Trades Co-op 12.

Co-operative education (co-op) is a high school academic course designed to support all learners in developing the competencies and skills necessary to successfully engage in a wide range of education and career pathways. Courses are offered at grades 10, 11 and 12 and are available in half and full credits. 

Co-operative education is experiential in nature, allowing learners to integrate classroom learning, personal interests, and goals with career exploration and real-world experience. This course places learners in workplace environments where they can develop transferable skills, explore the importance of workplace resiliency and flexibility and benefit from mentorship in authentic community settings.

As part of the co-op planned work experience, learners can examine the changing world of work, investigate labour market information, explore emerging career opportunities and contribute to a culture of workplace safety. Co-operative education exposes learners to the realities of the world of work, helping them become more confident and more prepared to pursue post-secondary education and/or enter the workforce.

To enroll in the course learners must submit an application, provide two references and participate in an interview. While the learner can be 15 years of age at time of application, the learner will be eligible to be placed for the required work experience when they turn 16 years of age.

Updated December 6, 2023