Cooperative Education

Test drive a career... Get Co-op working for you!

For more information about MTS Co-op, talk to a Co-op teacher or your Guidance Counsellor today!

Why participate in Co-op?
  • Enhance your high school experience by taking part in Cooperative education.
  • This type of learning can help students who are bound for an apprenticeship, college, university or the workplace.
  • It can assist students in career exploration and with making career decisions while developing the skills, knowledge and attitudes that are essential in the workforce.
  • Employers are looking for employees who have work experience. Some of our Co-op students receive job offers from their Co-op employers.
  • Co-op is an excellent way to get a head start on your future career!
Earn credits while you work
  • You can earn 2 or more credits toward your OSSD by working either in the morning (ex. 8:00 am to 11:00 am) or afternoon (ex. 11:30 am to 2:30 pm).
  • Between school in-class days and the workplace; 220 hours are needed for earning 2 credits.

Where do I find a placement?
  • In collaboration with your guidance counsellor and Co-op teacher, you will be required to attend an information session held in April each year, complete an application form and provide teacher references before having an interview with a Co-op teacher, where together you will discuss and decide on the best placement for you.
  • The Co-op teacher will find a relevant placement and students are always welcome to provide suggestions.
  • A pre-requisite link course is required. For example, students working at a veterinary clinic can link their Co-op to SBI 3C or SBI 3U.
  • Due to the competitiveness of certain placements, Co-op placements cannot be guaranteed (ex. police station).

What types of students are involved?
  • Except for our International ESL students, all MTS secondary school students are eligible to participate in Cooperative education in Grades 11 and 12.
  • Some may be planning to join the work force or want to learn a skilled trade through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP).
  • Others may plan to attend community college or university and may be part of our SHSM or PEL Co-op.
  • Students can do Co-op without being part of a special Co-op program!

Special Co-op Programs:

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM):
  • SHSMs in either Health and Wellness: Medical or Fitness Focus, Information Communication Technology (ICT), Non-Profit and Aviation are being offered at MTS
  • SHSMs provide knowledge, skills, certifications and career experiences
  • Includes a Co-op component (usually linked to a Grade 11 or 12 course)
  • For students heading to the workplace, to college or to university
  • Students who successfully meet all SHSM requirements will graduate with an SHSM Ontario Secondary School Diploma

PEL Co-op program (Partners in Experiential Learning):
  • An opportunity for university-bound students interested in research-based placements for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math or Medicine (STEMM disciplines)
  • Additional application and interview required with the Director of PEL
  • MTS Co-op students in the PEL program have been placed in various research labs at LHSC, SJHC, UWO, Robarts Research Institute, and the Lawson Health Research Institute
  • Visit for more information and to watch a video that features a former MTS Co-op student

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP):
Students can register in the OYAP program while in Grades 11 or 12 and work in an OYAP approved Co-op placement
The hours worked at Co-op might be accepted towards the hours required for their apprenticeship
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MTS Co-op teachers have worked with
hundreds of MTS students in careers from A to Z!
What better way is there to learn about a career than
by actually experiencing it first-hand?