The semi-annual Co-op appreciation buffet breakfast was recently held at Central Huron Secondary School in Clinton, Ontario.
This event recognizes and celebrates the relationships made with our secondary school students through the efforts of various employers across Huron-Perth county.
With the rigorous training involved in certain workplace environments it can sometimes be challenging for employers to accept secondary school students for a 2 or 4 credit co-op. However, it has been shown that students who participate in co-op and specialist high skills major (SHSM) programs are very eager to learn-by-doing; and on many occasions come out of the experience with the skills necessary to excel in the workforce.
Grade 12 student Nic Zwep recently completed his co-op with Ryans Enterprises Truck Repair and was offered an apprenticeship upon graduation.
Co-op and SHSM is a great bridge for students to transition from high school to the workplace, as well as a great opportunity to experience real world skills that they can then carry with them into adulthood.