Co-op (Pursue) Information

Real World Program From Real World Experience

Mr. Hemmings brings experience in management and human resources spanning 12 years. He has a Master’s degree in Human Resources and has spent the past seven years in recruitment and training management positions in various organizations.

Co-operative Education (Pursue) is a unique learning opportunity that integrates classroom theory with practical experience in the workplace. It is based on a partnership between the school and business. It involves the participation of students, teachers, and placement supervisors. Students are provided with valuable work experience involving:

  • The practical aspects of a career
  • The demands of employment
  • The expectations of employers in a changing work environment

The training received at the business location and the learning at school complement each other and provide students with credits (1, 2 or 4) toward their graduation diploma.

PURSUE will help you understand:

  • The practical aspects of a career
  • The demands of employment
  • The expectations of employers in a changing work environment

Students will:

  • Gain knowledge and attitudes necessary for successful job performance
  • Gain knowledge of resume writing, interviewing techniques, labour market and career trends
  • Learn to assume responsibility and acquire good work habits
  • Receive real world experience for their potential career in any industry: Medicine, Finance, Law, Health, Construction, Skilled Trades and more
  • Be given options of varying time slots to accommodate different student timetables (morning, afternoon, evening and weekends)
  • Have a fluid Pursue program that allows for increased responsibilities/advancement for the student if excelling in placement position
  • Be able to rotate into various positions within the organization to gain a holistic view of the industry and/or career
  • Be placed at locations either close to school or home

Prior to a placement:
The placement supervisor will meet with the Pursue Director to:

  • Discuss health and safety issues, procedures, equipment and clothing requirements
  • Establish mutual expectations and responsibilities for the Pursue partnership
  • Determine a specific work site location for the student and a schedule of hours
  • Discuss the development of a Personalized Placement Learning Plan (PPLP)
  • Establish orientation procedures for the Pursue student
  • Discuss the student interview process. The interview allows both the student and the placement supervisor to meet one another, to understand their roles and responsibilities and to assess the match up with individual needs

During a Pursue placement:
The placement supervisor provides the following support:

  • Provides an orientation for the student
  • Provides a safe working and learning environment with appropriate safety procedures
  • Provides on-site supervision
  • Assists in the development of a Personalized Placement Learning Plan (PPLP)
  • Consults with the teacher during visits
  • Provides a variety of work experiences (usually 3 hours per day) to assist students in developing their skills and extending their learning from school to the workplace
  • Completes the student Performance Appraisals

PURSUE placements to date:

  • Belanger Engineering
  • Britannia Medical Clinic
  • Catherine Egboye Law Offices
  • Classic Carpentry
  • Cogeco
  • Ecosource
  • Fern Hill School
  • GolfTown
  • Halton Centre for Cognitive Therapy
  • Innovative Arts
  • Keiz Marshall Performing Arts Academy
  • Little Kids Day Care Centre
  • Midas
  • New Electric
  • North Oakville Animal Hospital
  • Oakville Christian School
  • Oakville Holiday Inn
  • Reflex Medical
  • Revlon Canada
  • Rogers Canada
  • St. Faustina Elementary School
  • The Bronte Villager
  • Waffles International
  • Westbridge Veterinary Hospital
  • White Pines Montessori School