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Co-operative education is a planned learning experience in the community for which students earn credits. The work placement enables students to earn credits by integrating classroom theory with learning experiences at the work site. The placements enable students to apply and extend their knowledge and to practise and refine the skills acquired in related courses.

Co-operative education involves partnerships with the community. The collaboration of students, teachers and placement supervisors is required for the development of personalized placement learning plans. Students are monitored by teachers, and are supported in their learning by the placement supervisor and Co-operative education teachers.

All schools provide a very broad range of co-operative education opportunities. Information on these programs is available from the Guidance & Career Education department and the co-operative education teachers in your school.

Visit the Co-operative Education section of the Peel board website for more information.


What is Co-op?


Co-op Education is Community Based. It provides an Experiential Learning Program, with an opportunity to earn 3 or 4 credits while gaining valuable employment experience. Co-op integrates classroom theory and Learning Experiences at the Workplace. It allows a student to apply and extend knowledge, and practice and refine skills acquired in related courses, all in the context of a personalized program. 


What can it offer you?


Co-op Education provides unique opportunities to try out future employment within the safety of a closely-monitored setting. It gives YOU the chance to see what your future career is all about while still earning credits towards your Ontario Secondary School Diploma.


What are the Benefits of Co-op Education?

  • provide assistance in career preparation, including the opportunity to "test-drive" a career
  • develop and hone new and existing skills
  • improve your chances of acceptance into post-secondary and apprenticeship programs or in some cases start an apprenticeship
  • facilitate the transition from school to work and assist in developing a network of employment contacts
  • build a professional portfolio for post-secondary institutions or the workforce
  • add impact to your resume
  • provide references for future employment, make life-long connections, initiate networking for future gain
  • develop confidence for the workplace
  • develop a positive, professional attitude on the job
  • develop the interpersonal and the communication skills that many employers are seeking
  • provide an alternative method of earning credits
  • learn using your preferred style
  • experience real life
  • gain hands-on work experience

Who Should Take Co-op?







What Credits are Offered in Co-op Education?


4 credit

  •  One full semester

3 credit

  • One class, plus co-op, one full semester

2 credit

  • Two classes in the morning, plus co-op every afternoon, one full semester

 Dual Credit – High school and College credits

  • One full semester, at BCSS and a local college

 Caring for the Future - William Osler Hospital

  • Open to all Peel District School Board students
  • One full semester at Brampton Civic Hospital and Brampton Centennial SS
  • Return to home school at end of program


How do I apply for Co-op Education?

  1. Pick up a Co-op application in the guidance office or from room 207 (across from the student office).
  2. Circle the program on your option sheet.
  3. Hand in your application with your option sheet on the appropriate collection day.

Questions? Drop by Room 207, speak to the teachers, pick up a pamphlet



 Call us at 905-451-2860  

or see us in Student Services

Mr. Apostolofski @ ext 711

 Ms. Fielders @ ext 826



School-Work Program


School work programs are structured programs that enable students to combine in-school and work-based education and training to complete their diploma. The most common application of school-work is the co-operative education model. Other models are in two regional programs:

  • LIUNA (Labourers International Union of North America)
  • Carpenter’s Union 27 
  • These programs offer industry-specific training and/or industry-recognized certification as part of OSSD requirements.


The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program


The OYAP is a structured program that will allow for apprenticeship registration and completion of OSSD requirements. Students are eligible to apply to O.Y.A.P. Regional Programs when they are at least 16 years of age, have earned a  minimum of 16 credits, display a high level of interest and aptitude for skills training, and are recommended by a guidance counsellor or technology teacher. Applications and information regarding O.Y.A.P. is available in the guidance and career education office.

OYAP Promo Video


OYAP Brochure - Apprenticeship in Ontario               Apprenticeship Incentives and Subsidies


Dual Credit Fact Sheet


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