Co-op is a three-way partnership between the employer, the student, and the College. The success of the co-op partnership arises from a shared responsibility ensuring maximum benefits to all the participants.
This section includes the following topics:
The student becomes an employee of the organization and as such should be treated as any other temporary employee regarding benefits and other employment requirements as defined by the Employment Standards Act or a Collective Agreement.
- Completes a work agreement (please see forms below) outlining the objectives and conditions of the employment
- Provides a formal notification of the employment details (start and end times of the placement, hours of work, payment, sign in procedures etc.)
- Provides an orientation to the workplace, layout, personnel, safety practices etc.
- Informs the student with respect to workplace policies, practices, and operational guidelines and relevant learning resources
- Provides suitable production activities related to the program and profession
- Appoints a supervisor to instruct the student with respect to the duties and expectations of their role, provide professional guidance and regular instructive performance feedback
- Liaises with the Co-op Coordinator regarding the student’s performance and any issues arising during the placement
- Encourages the student to return to full-time studies in order to complete their diploma prior to offering full-time employment
- Participates in any scheduled site visit or follow-up measures required
- Completes and shares a performance evaluation (please see forms below) with the student and the College
- Completes a record of hours form (please see forms below) for the student
- ensures the integrity of its Co-operative Education Programs
- develops and maintaining relevant Co-op programs which reflect the needs of employers
- provides relevant academic training for students in their chosen career field
- prepares co-op students for their work term with appropriate skills and attitude
- ensures that students meet the established co-op eligibility guidelines
- assists employers with their Co-op recruitment activities (e.g. job advertisements, forwarding applicants’ resumes, coordinate interview schedules etc.)
- monitors student progress and performance in co-operation with employers
- mediates work term issues/concerns to ensure appropriate resolution
Steps to becoming a Co-op partner:
- Contact the Co-op Coordinator to discuss your employment needs
- Submit a job description to hire a student (please see forms below for a suggested template)
- Receive job applications from interested candidates via the Co-op Coordinator
- Select an applicant(s) for interview (either on site or at the College)
- Select your preferred candidate(s) and receive the best match
- Sign a work agreement outlining the objectives and conditions of the position
- Advise the student on their first day requirements (start time, location, sign in procedure etc.)
Students are available from all three programs for a long-term paid placement of approximately 4 months during the summer (May to mid August).
Heritage co-op students are in demand. We strongly encourage employers to submit their job description early to increase the likelihood that you will be able to hire the student of your choice.
Below is a suggested timeline for posting and receiving co-op applications.
Post your job description
March - May
May to mid August
Every year in May the College hosts a Program Showcase to celebrate and demonstrate the achievements of our students in the career programs. It is an excellent opportunity to see firsthand what co-op students are capable of doing for your organization. Details will be posted on the college web site in April.
A participating co-op employer based in Quebec may be eligible for a tax credit for a portion of the salary of both the student and supervisor. To find out more consult the
Tax Credit Web site.
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