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For Employers


Benefits of Utilizing CO-OP
Co-operative edications benefits employers and the local community as well as the students themselves.
Employers benefit because co-operative education:
- develops a work force of young people who have employment skills and on-the-job experience;
- helps to identify potential future employees
- 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
- develops supervisory skills in employees
- gives the employees extra hands to aid in tasks which could result in increased productivity.

Why become involved?

All employers have a direct interest in the development of a skilled and responsive work force in their community. Co-operative education can help to achieve this goal by providing students with training and work experience before they start work on a full time basis.

One of the major functions of secondary schools is the preparation of students for the challenges of the future. In fact, our education system is judged to a large extent on its ability to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they will need to pursue worthwhile careers. However, the schools on their own cannot provide the practical hands-on experience that is so important if students are to make a smooth transition from school to the workplace.

Hence there is a need for a strong, continuing partnership between schools and employers. It is through your involvement, and that of other employers, that students can gain the knowledge and experience they need to make sound educational and careers decisions. You can help them to appreciate the importance of acquiring employment skills and to develop a positive attitude towards themselves and their future careers.

Through co-operative education, thousands of organizations, large and small, currently share with the school system the responsibility of educating and training tomorrow's workforce.


How to Participate
For more information on getting involved in Michael Power's co-operative education program, contact:
Ms. Tracey, Ms. Atkinson, Mrs. DeRubeis
The Co-Op Department
Micahel Power / St. Joseph High School
105 Eringate Drive, Toronto ON


Tel: (416) 393-5861 Fax: (416) 393-5


A partnership that works
The School Staff...
- plans the program;
- selects students for the program;
- prepares students for placement with an employer;
- organizes and administers the program;
- provides safety instruction and insurance coverage;
- assists in transporting students to and from the workplace;
- monitors the training and evaluates the performance of students.
The Employer...
- provides the working environment and appropriate training;
- discusses student training and develops work schedules with the teacher;
- shares expertise with the student;
- directs and guides the student's learning through on-site supervison;
- assesses the student's progress jointly with the teacher.
Compensation and Safety
The safety of both the workplace environment and the personal safety of the student are of a high priority in the co-op program. Many steps are taken by Michael Power / St. Joseph High School as well as the individual employers to ensure the standards are met. Students are covered in the following fields:
Insurance: Students are covered for general accidents and personal liability with their school board. In addition, students are covered by Workers' Compensation through the Ministry of Education.
Preparation: Students are interviewed and counselled by school staff before being accepted into the program. They must then attend a 15 hour pre-employment orientation class whcih deals with skills identification, job-readiness, and safety percautions in the workplace. Students are also required to attend an interview with the employer prior to placement.