There are 3 general stages to this Program:
The 25 hour min, in-school component is the requirement directed by the province for a 1st time co-op student. At Dalbrae; we maintain in-school requirements that vary dependant on how many co-ops the student has completed and the circumstances surrounding the individual placement. We try to insure safety and the maximum experience for our students with minimum liability concerns as well as some kind of return for our hosts. Documentation provides security and validity for everyone, as a result, is a necessary and required component. Students, for the most part, are responsible in obtaining and maintaining the required forms. They quickly begin to steer their own ship as they prepare to set sail on their career voyage. Here at Dalbrae; all of our co-op 1st time co-op students research the career they wish to explore and must complete a minimum OH&S and WHMIS certification through NSCSA and pass a St. John Ambulance 1st Aid course. Everyone must produce a proper résumé and cover letter for the host/employer they are hoping to work for. We also, as best as we can, insist that students obtain additional certifications appropriate to the conditions for which their particular co-op dictates. In keeping with making it real and everyone being safe; this means MED's for marine careers,...fall arrest, food safety courses, and so on for other types of careers. Particular companies insist on security checks, sometimes health assessments and/or (often) everyone on specific sites must participate in company orientation sessions. No placement can commence prior to a work place assessment being completed and recorded.
Work Placement (min 100 hr in the work force)
Once students become work ready and have secured their placement, they are placed in a real world career work environment. The intention is that students learn and experience a career, or related career, of their choice and are to be treated like an actual employee as much as possible. Besides learning about a career, they are learning about work expectations in general. The idea is to keep it real as possible so that the student receives a holistic experience to best decide whether to pursue their desired career. For many; the learning isn't just limited to a specific skills, but also the expectations and responsibilities that go with being an employee. Students are expected to:
<> get themselves to work,
<> dress appropriately, especially when it comes to PPE
<> give proper notice for necessary missed work time or needed schedule changes
<> follow company and school policies
We are here to guide and assist in all areas such
as in transportation issues when there may be conflict. Safety and
reasonable expectations are premium concerns. School is also a priority.
Employers are usually very understanding when it comes to working around school
demands. At the same time, students have to be responsible and practice proper
work etiquette. They must maintain their log sheets and work
within the company policies and practice proper safety procedures.
Sometimes school policy will over ride company practice. For example: Dalbrae's
no smoking policy is still in effect during the placement. If a company doesn't
enforce safety glasses with their workers for activities that may be unsafe
otherwise, students are not abstained from having to wear them, the same for
proper foot wear or gloves. Students not wearing proper PPE or following safe
working practices, or abiding by school and/or company policy maybe instantly
sent home or even withdrawn from the placement.
With all co-op placements, as in the real world of work, there are good reasons for missing work. People have appointments, they get sick, and in our case; sometimes important things are happening in school. There is a protocol to follow when it comes to missing work and/or rescheduling. Any changes to the work schedule requires proper notification and consultation with the employer and the co-op coordinator. If you are going to be late, miss work or alter work days or location; you must not do this on a whim. The idea is that you only miss work if you have to and you try to avoid making that call. Remember you have co-op blocks every day to work on school assignments that are coming up. To miss work to complete school assignments that you have had plenty of lead time to work on in school is NOT a good reason. You must give as much notice as possible and discuss any changes with both the employer and the co-op coordinator. This communication is vital for numerous reasons and will be detrimental to your mark if not properly executed.
Understand clearly that no
student is guaranteed to actually be permitted to go to a placement.
All students must first demonstrate a level of responsibility, dependability, trustworthiness and interest
to represent our program and our school, and not jeopardize future placements at any work place.
Upon completion of their placement, students are required:
<> to produce a record of their hours and what they did. (based on their log or time sheets)
<> present a thank you letter and perhaps a small token of appreciation to their host employer for this valuable experience
<> reflect on their experience and document what they learned through a reflective assignment