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Co-op Info

Securing a Co-op

The job market for co-op is very competitive.  Students who have met the co-op eligibility are highly encouraged to actively participate in the recruitment process in the semester prior to their co-op work term. This includes, but is not limited to, attending all recruitment workshops, meeting with your program co-op advisor, regularly searching through the myCareer Job Posting System and other job posting sites, networking; and contacting potential employers. Co-op & Career Services actively pursues employers, however there may be limited availabilities so students should seek out additional employers to secure their own co-op.

If a co-op position is not secured prior to the start of a co-op semester, students should meet with their program co-op advisor to discuss next steps.  Any student who secures their own position must contact their program co-op advisor prior to the start of employment to determine if this position is considered acceptable as a co-op and to complete the appropriate paperwork to register the co-op.  This is necessary in order for either the insurance to be put in place or for the employer to get a tax credit letter.

For more information on securing a co-op, read the Co-operative Education and Internship Policy (2000-8-1).

Students enrolled in a co-operative education program pay a mandatory fee to cover the costs of employer relations development, job development, job-readiness preparation and co-op service administration. Payment of fees does not secure a co-op position.

Co-op Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a co-op position, students must have:

  • Successfully completed all program courses in the terms prior to applying, if applicable.
  • Be enrolled in all of the current term courses.

To be eligible to participate in a co-op position, the student must have:

  • Successfully completed all program courses in the terms preceding the work term.
  • A minimum program cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater.
  • Fees paid in full.
  • Met any additional academic prerequisites established by the program.

Eligibility exceptions may be permitted in extenuating circumstances (e.g. the imminent completion of a course in which an NG grade has been issued by the dean). Exceptions must be approved by the department manager after consultation with the relevant dean. The preparation of the student, the likelihood of the student’s success, and the safety of the student in the co-op experience, cannot be compromised by the granting of an exception.

Students who do not meet the required 2.5 GPA or other co-op eligibility requirements, as well as students who meet the requirements but are unable to obtain a co-op position, are still permitted to graduate from the program as long as they meet graduation requirements.

Student Responsibilities

  • Co-op employment positions are not guaranteed. Securing a co-op position is frequently a competitive process and ultimately the responsibility of the student.
  • Students must follow the sequence of the courses, prerequisites and co-op terms as presented in their program map.
  • Students must attend co-op workshops and training opportunities as identified by Co-op & Career Services to be eligible to continue in the co-op stream.
  • A student considering or entering into a co-op must be aware of and comply with the Co-operative Education & Internship Policy (2000-8-1).
  • It is the responsibility of the student to meet any employment requirements such as, but not limited to; obtaining a current visa, work permit, immunizations, security background check and medical clearance. Please note: a valid Ontario driver's licence is required by most co-op employers.

Co-op is Graded

  • A student registered in a co-op course will be awarded either a P (Pass) or NP (No Pass) grade, which will be recorded on the student’s transcript.
  • When offered a position by a potential employer, the student must accept or decline the offer promptly (within one business day of the offer). An acceptance, including verbal, is considered a binding contract, and must be honoured. Failure to honour an acceptance will result in a No Pass (NP) grade for the co-op course.
  • A student may not withdraw from a co-op course. Withdrawing from a co-op will result in a No Pass (NP) grade, not a Withdrawal (W) grade.
    • Note: In extenuating job or personal circumstances, the Co-op & Career Advisor in Co-op & Career Services may permit and process a withdrawal and assess a W grade.
  • In order to receive a Pass grade, a student must complete all of the requirements established for the co-op course and work experience, including the agreed-upon contract dates and the minimum required hours.
  • A student seeking to appeal any decision arising from or with respect to this policy should refer to Appeal of an Academic Decision Policy (2000-1-13).

Further Information Regarding the OIT (Operator in Training) Application and Exam:

In addition to the requirements noted above, students who wish to obtain a co-op placement will also need to hold a valid OIT (Operator in Training) certificate as mandated by the Ministry of the Environment. Student's will be offered the opportunity to write the OIT test at Lambton College during their second academic term prior to their first co-op placement opportunity. The application process will begin in January of Term 2.

Please Note: To be eligible to write the the OIT examinations, the Ministry of the Environment requires all students writing to have their high school diploma or Gr 12 equivalency in order to qualify to write the exam. For further information as to what the Ministry considers equivalent please refer to the OWWCO website and specifically Guideline 3.1.

Co-op students have the opportunity to apply classroom learning to the workplace. Co-op placement opportunities help students gain valuable work experience that may assist them in finding permanent employment after they graduate. Students have access to our Co-op and Career Advisors who provide comprehensive co-op and career development services and resources for co-op students. Find out more about Lambton College’s co-op opportunities.

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