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Cooperative Education



What is Cooperative Education?

Cooperative Education is an opportunity to experience the work world using classroom knowledge and on the job training, while earning secondary school credits. Who takes Cooperative Education? Usually Grade 11 or Grade 12 students who have successfully completed their Grade 10 credits.

When does Cooperative Education take place?

Cooperative Education is offered as a two credit or four credit package. Students taking the four credit course work all day at their work placement in Trenton and the surrounding community. Students taking the two credit co-op work in the morning or the afternoon in Trenton and surrounding area businesses.

Why take Cooperative Education?

Cooperative Education gives students the opportunity to:

  • experience future careers and gain practical experience
  • develop employability skills
  • strengthen interpersonal skills
  • increase an awareness of the importance of life long learning
  • identify their capabilities and limitations
  • identify job opportunities to make an informed career decision



Creating Opportunities through Co-op  •  Grade 11 •  Open

This course consists of a learning experience connected to a community and a cooperative education curriculum focused on developing skills, knowledge, and habits of mind that will support students in their learning, including their education and career/life planning, at school and beyond, today and in the future. Within the context of their experience connected to a community, students will apply skills, knowledge, and habits of mind that will protect and promote their health, safety, and well-being and that will strengthen their inquiry, decision-making, and leadership skills. Students will create and implement a learning plan that meets their particular interests and needs, reflect on their learning, and make connections between their experience in the community and other aspects of their lives.

Prerequisite: Permission of the teacher.

How to apply?

  1. Request Cooperative Education when registering for classes for next year.
  2. Fill out the application.
  3. Contact the Cooperative Education office the week before the semester starts. For more information, call 613-392-1227, extension 3147.

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What is an Apprenticeship?

There has never been a better time to consider Apprenticeship opportunities!

An apprenticeship is a combination of on the job training and post secondary education. Typically, apprentices will spend 80-90% of their time in the workplace, learning practical skills about their trade. The other 10-20% of their time is spent in a classroom setting (usually at an Ontario College). The length of an apprenticeship can vary depending on the trade, but apprentices can complete their training and earn their Journeyperson status within 2-5 years. For a complete list of apprenticeable trades, visit: www.oyap.com

In the next two decades, 40% of new jobs will be in the skilled trades and technologies (Skills Canada). The Apprenticeship system has undergone tremendous change, as it evolves to meet the high demands of today’s business and industry. There are over 140 Apprenticeable trade occupations in Ontario, which fall into four main categories: construction; industrial; motive power; and service.

Jump Start Your Career in the Skilled Trades

Trenton High School actively supports students interested in apprenticeships through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). Students are able to begin an apprenticeship while still enrolled in high school. For more information on OYAP, please visit the Cooperative Education Office, or www.oyap.com.

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What is OYAP?

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a specialized program that enables students, who are sixteen years of age or older, to meet diploma requirements while enrolled in a cooperative education program in an apprenticeship occupation. All students participating in an OYAP must have completed 16 credits towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and be enrolled as full-time students.  Students must also be registered with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Participation in The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) can happen in different ways.

1.  Based on previous courses taken, part time or summer employment experiences and personal interest, a student enrolled  in ooperative Education may wish to consider a placement in a skilled trades area.  As "OYAP Participants", these students will work in a skilled trade environment where they can determine their suitability for continuing in the trade.  Students who are placed in a restricted trade must be an OYAP participant in order to be at that work site.

2.  An OYAP student may have the opportunity to become a registered apprentice while attending secondary school.  By enrolling in a multi-credit cooperative education program and securing an apprenticeship placement, students work in a skilled trade where they are trained by a licensed journey person.   Cooperative Education hours may count towards the completion of the trade requirements.

3.  In addition to providing students with on-the-job training through Cooperative Education, an Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program may provide opportunities for selected students to pursue further training in certain areas through the dual credit program at Loyalist College.  Students would receive both an optional credit towards their OSSD and a college credit.  Skilled trades dual credits currently available include:  Construction, Culinary and Automotive.

Need more information? Want to apply for OYAP?

Request Cooperative Education during course selection and express your interest in the skilled trades to Cooperative Education teachers, or Guidance.

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